At Glenmoor and Winton we focus on a whole school approach
to visual tools. New students and staff are given training in Hyerle’s 8
Thinking Maps which are tools designed to be patterns of thinking for 8
different cognitive processes. Based
on intelligence research, Thinking Maps® combine the cognitive
thought processes of learning with the visual representation of information
found in graphic organizers. Thinking Maps® provide a consistent
and brain compatible way for teachers to present information, and for students
to learn and retain it.
If we think that
brain is the organ whose impulses are responsible for our ability to sense,
think and process information; and the mind is a philosophical concept and a
manifestation of thought, perception, emotion, determination, memory and
imagination; then Visual Tools directly facilitate
interplay between brain and mind - the brain
is unconsciously making neural networks and the mind is consciously patterning information.