Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Introduction to The Multi Flow Map - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge and Preparation


     My life as a teacher drastically changed once I learned Thinking Maps.  When I learned about the Multi-Flow Map I immediately thought back to my college days.  I remember a history class I took where all my tests were essay tests.  I vividly remember having to discuss some of the cause and effects of the Civil War.  I said to myself, "Where in the heck were these maps when I was in college?" Had I known about the Multi-Flow Map, I could have easily drawn one out, organized my thinking, and planned out my answer before I actually started writing.

     I've made templates for all the Thinking Maps for you because I know young children struggle with fine motor issues, especially at the beginning of the school year.  However, Dr. David Hyerle, the author of Thinking Maps designed them so as students get older, they can easily draw the maps on their own.  Your students may even be able to draw these maps on their own by the end of the year.  This is just another reason I love to teach with Thinking Maps - besides only having to remember 8 maps, students can also be independent and draw them on their own.  This helps students to be self reliant and not always dependent on the teacher.

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Introduction to The Multi Flow Map

Unit 9: Introducing Thinking Maps
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT record the cause and effect relationships of getting ready for school while learning the Multi Flow Map.

Big Idea: The ability to see cause and effect relationships is an important skill in reading comprehension. In this introductory lesson, students will learn how to use a Multi Flow Map through an easy concept of how they got ready for school.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, Reading, Thinking Maps, multi, cause and effect
  40 minutes
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