A thinking Culture at OLMC:



Mind mapping (or concept mapping) involves writing down a central idea and thinking up new and related ideas which radiate out from the centre. By focussing on key ideas written down in your own words, and then looking for branches out and connections between the ideas, you are mapping knowledge in a manner which will help you understand and remember new information.
Check out this video which shows Tony Buzan describing the power of mind mapping



http://www.myread.org/
MyRead supports teachers of underperforming students in the middle years (Years 4 – 9).
MyRead is based on the beliefs that:
Underperforming readers: Who are they?
What successful readers know and do
How to get them there

The 5 E's is an instructional model based on the constructivist approach to learning, which says that learners build or construct new ideas on top of their old ideas. The 5 E's can be used with students of all ages, including adults. More here


The Project Zero link to Visible Thinking in Action.
Project Zero - Welcome to the Thinking Curriculum Site
http://www.kurwongbss.eq.edu.au/thinking/Intro/thinkingcurric.ppt#322,14,Higher-order

THINKING CURRICULUM TOOLS & STRATEGIES

http://www.emtech.net/ (Resources for teachers)
http://www.middleweb.com (Middle school activities, info, resources…)
www.cap.nsw.edu.au/teachers/tech_based_resources/MI_pages/INDEX.HTM (Blooms/Multiple Intelligence grid

www.ascd.org/frametutorials.html (Tutorials including: The Brain and Learning, MI’s, PBL, Learning Styles, Curriculum Integration, Differentiating instruction, Cooperative Learning, Constructivism, Action research, Mentoring etc. etc.
Google Books designing a thinking curriculum
Mount Waverley Secondary College Developing a Thinking Curriculum http://knowledge.education.vic.gov.au/sites/knowledgebank/Teacher%20Professional%20Leave/TPL_PL_MountWaverleySC_ThinkingCurriculum_Team.doc

Mind mapping
Jamie Mckenzie has some resources on his website, www.fno.org (From now on) which may be of interest:
http://www.google.com/custom?domains=fno.org%3Bquestioning.org%3Bstaffdevelop.org&q=mind+mapping&sa=Search&sitesearch=fno.org