P.S. 361 Q: Breakfast with the Principal: Thinking Maps and Writing

We welcomed our parents for our 3rd Breakfast with the Principal meeting and workshop.  This morning's presentation was on the power of Thinking Maps.  We shared with parents about how Thinking Maps help students to organize their thinking and can prepare students for writing tasks.  

"Thinking Maps are consistent visual patterns linked directly to eight specific thought processes. By visualizing our thinking, we create concrete images of abstract thoughts. These patterns help all students reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking — essential components of 21st Century education. In a school-wide implementation, Thinking Maps establish a consistent Language for Learning."

Ms. Hwang, Principal, and Mr. O'Donnell, 2nd grade teacher presented and modeled how to use two of the most common Thinking Maps, the circle map and tree map.  Parents were guided through how to create their own circle map showcasing who they are as individuals.  

Parents also had the opportunity to hear 3 second grade students share about how they read a complex text and used a Thinking Map (of their choice) to organize their ideas and evidence to prepare to respond to a task.


An extra special shout out to Farbin A., Gabriel F. and Johnny G. for sharing their Thinking Maps and the writing they produced afterwards.  Another special shout out to Ms. C. Kim for her support of students on this task!


Please join us for future Breakfast with the Principal meetings which happen once per month!  All are welcome to attend!