Celebrating 25 Years Transforming Teaching & Learning

Please view this message from Sherwin Suddreth, President of Thinking Maps or read it below! It is with humble pleasure that I announce that in September, 2015 Thinking Maps, Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary. That’s 25 years of helping teachers
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A New Definition of Rigor

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-16-04-am Educators across the country are discussing “Rigor” and how to incorporate it into their classroom instruction:   “Our lessons must be more rigorous.” “We must increase the rigor of our assessments.” “Does this book possess the necessary rigor for that
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Does Your Brain Want to Learn? 5 Strategies to Promote Active Processing

motivatedbrain #4 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   So far in this series we’ve talked about the importance of stimulating the SEEKING system of the brain through
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Who is Responsible for Student Success? (and other questions that keep me up at night…)

African siblings doing homework “On most mornings, Nabil Romero’s mother would drive him and his brother to school at the Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles. One morning when their mother wasn’t able to drive them, the two boys had to take two Los
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Thinking About Thinking: An Interview With Kisha N. Daniels

© 2016 WUNC Our very own Kisha N. Daniels was interviewed by Frank Stasio of The State of Things on WUNC of Chapel Hill, NC. Listen to the full radio broadcast to hear Kisha explain how we’re shortchanging critical thinking in the classroom
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Don’t Forget to Start With Why

iStock.com I once visited with a high school student who told me that he did not see great value in Thinking Maps. He said he didn’t understand why his teacher would tell him to do a “Bubble Map” or a “Tree
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Pokémon Go (Uh-Oh)!

image Come one, come all- Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth! “Now’s your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you. So get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the
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Stimulating Students’ Brains to Seek Learning

motivatedbrain #3 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   Okay, I am not a neuroscientist, so some of the information in this book is more technical than I really care about,
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A Lifesaver for Educators Drowning in Initiatives

kevin blog 1 As I travel to schools and districts throughout the country, one of the greatest challenges about which I hear educators complain is the overwhelming number of initiatives. When asked to elaborate, these educators indicate there is simply not enough time
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Assessment, Evaluation and High Stakes Testing

Image 1   Well fellow educators, it appears that it is that time again.  You know it is coming, but every year it seems to sneak up on us a little earlier.  Much like seeing Christmas decorations pop up on shelves before
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Finding Your Best Route to Thinking Maps

Route Many journeys begin with a map. This tool guides the direction we take to keep us focused on the course and, often times, the shortest or most desirable route to a destination. We refer to that map and current location,
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