The Education Conference entitled “Improving Student Thinking” will take place
on Wednesday, March 21, on campus. The event features Dr. David Hyerle, Director of Designs for Thinking and internationally-known consultant and
author. The conference brochure explains:
In this century “data smog,” technology overload, and global networking requires
learners to think in maps: webs, networks, and systems. Outside schools we map
the stars, the earth, the human genome system,”areas” of the brain. Inside
schools we mostly deliver information in linear strings and bite-sized chunks.
Thinking Maps, designed by Dr. Hyerle, help teachers develop lessons that
utilize visual tools and strategies to reinforce fundamental thinking patterns.
The concepts have applicability from pre-school settings to the workplace.
Thinking Maps have been used extensively in over 1,500 schools, including
several in New Hampshire, for improving reading comprehension, communication by
writing and speaking, thinking abilities, and test scores. Well beyond
brainstorming techniques and graphic organizers, Thinking Maps facilitate
student centered learning, multiple intelligences, and habits of mind.
The “Mapping the Standards Project,” an initiative through which state standards
are linked to Thinking Maps, will also be presented.
Registration takes place in the Heritage Commons of Hall Dorm from 8:30-9:00am with the event beginning at 9:00am. The annual Phi Delta Kappa “Outstanding
Contribution to Education” award will be presented during the morning session.Pre-registration is suggested since attendance will be limited. Those interested should contact Dr. Ken Heuser at 535-2479. The fee for the event is
$55 which includes lunch.