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Thinking Maps
Aside from learning about the word of God and Christian values, we here at St. Bernard believe that we all learn in many different ways. Research teaches us that the brain learns in three different ways: visually, kinesthetically, and auditorally. However, recent research believes that our ability to learn visually is greater than any of our other senses.
Beginning in 2011, we have incorporated Thinking Maps across our curriculum. Thinking Maps is a language of eight visual patterns each based on a fundamental thinking process. They combine the flexibility of brainstorming webs and the structure of task-specific graphic organizers with visual patterns for the depth and complexity of critical thinking. These patterns are used individually and in combination across every grade level and curriculum area as in integrated set of tools for life-long learning.