Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Introduction to the Circle Map - Section 5: Closure


    As I look at my student's work I can see that they were very motivated to complete their circle maps.  Everyone was an expert on themselves and wanted to communicate their ideas to me through the use of their circle maps.  I also see by looking at their maps that they understand that the circle map is used for brainstorming.  Now in future writing lessons they will be able to brainstorm ideas before they are supposed to write.  You can see examples of some of our maps here Student Work Circle Map.docx .  Another aspect of this lesson that I wanted to get across and which we will build on if future lessons is that it is always important to plan before you write. Half of my class thought writers just sat down and wrote.  Planning before writing is something I will focus on in future lessons and we will use the circle map as our tool.


     If you would like to send information home to your parents about the Circle Map, here is some information you can send home.  Just click here.     I also have some Power Points  here Examples of Thinking Maps.ppt  here Circle Map Examples.ppt, and here Reader Response With Thinking Maps.pdf that will give you some more ideas how to use the Circle Map in your classroom. Finally, I've created a video on how you can easily save or modify these maps so you don't always have to recreate the wheel when you are designing new lessons.  Just watch this here How to Save and Modify the Thinking Maps.mp4.


  Intrinsic Motivation: Reflection on Student Work
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Introduction to the Circle Map

Unit 9: Introducing Thinking Maps
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT use a circle map in order to brainstorm ideas about themselves.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will learn the purpose for a circle map and be able to use one. By learning how to use a circle map, students will then be able to use them in future reading and writing lessons.

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