Visual Tools

“neuroscientists tell us that the brain organises information in networks and maps”
(Pat Wolfe)
“maps are essential. Planning a journey without a map is like building a house without a drawing.”
(Mark Jenkins)
“36,000 visual images an hour may be registered by the eyes.”
(Eric Jensen)

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 the 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 

The interplay between brain and mind - the brain is unconsciously making neural networks and the mind is consciously  patterning information.

What are the 8 Thinking Maps?

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