Thinking Maps are a visual way to help students learn and apply abstract concepts. At Lexington, Thinking Maps are used at all grade levels to help students organize their thinking and improve comprehension of classroom subjects. Currently, we are focusing on the use of Thinking Maps to help students improve their writing skills.
There are eight different Thinking Maps connected to eight specific cognitive skills. By connecting a dynamic visual design with a specific thought process, students create mental visual patterns for thinking. Thinking Maps were developed by David Hyerle, Ed. D., and emerged from his experiences as a middle school teacher. Click on the tabs below to learn more and see examples of each type of Thinking Map.