Visual Thinking

Visual Thinking : Tools for Mapping Your Ideas

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Free yourself from the limiting belief that you can't draw and move into the world of visible thinking. With this book you will be able to build on what you already know about the skill of communicating in words and pictures, lead students through activities that promote thinking skills, and make your classroom a more lively and engaging place to learn.

Margulies and Valenza, two of the best-known visual facilitators in the business world, bring their expertise to the classroom and share their secrets for conveying complex ideas simply. If one picture is worth a thousand words, this book is worth millions. The authors have compiled a Symbolary of easy to draw iconographs that can be used to enrich communication, provoke deeper thought, and make the process of mind-mapping a breeze.

Ten years ago Mapping Inner Space (ISBN 1904424473) was published, bringing the concept of mapping and making Mindscapes to thousands of classrooms throughout the world. This book has even more ideas about using mapping and mindscaping in the classroom, more symbols, and more templates that students can use to help them think through challenging problems. If Mapping Inner Space got you fired up and asking for more, then this is the book for you.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 203 x 254 x 12.95mm | 505g
  • Camarthen, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1904424562
  • 9781904424567
  • 378,252

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This book immediately grabs your attention and makes you want to look at it as it is so visual! As someone who constantly promotes visual support for teaching and thinking this book is like a Godsend. It explains everything visually itself, thus showing the power of the approach. In the introduction it describes the benefits of using mapping and visual images. It then has a chapter on Making Mindscapes. This is followed by a chapter called The Copy Cat's Guide to Drawing, in which the authors show you how to draw step by step, using simple shapes. The section on drawing faces is great for depicting different emotions and moods and they go on to people, movement and allsorts. There is a large section of images in alphabetical order which can be easily copied. The next chapter is Creating and Using Symbols. As a user of Writing with Symbols I would still find this useful for instant creativity when a computer was not available and when symbols are required to link to personal and specific circumstances. The last chapter, Mindscape Templates looks at thinking skills, problem solving, goal setting and more. I think this book would be useful for all teachers of pupils of any age. We live in a symbol society and many of us visual learners. With the visual environment children and young people are exposed to nowadays (t.v., computers, etc) teaching needs to be visual in order to stimulate their minds. This book would help all of us, including those who say they can't draw. Well worth the price.

Glinette Woods
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About Nancy Margulies

As entrepreneur, author, and creative resource, Nancy's clients are as diverse as the Clinton White House and Cabinet, the Dalai Lama, and scores of Fortune 500 companies including Intel, Boeing, and Xerox. She is well known for her development of Mindscaping, the visual mapping of complex concepts.Her most recent books are short fiction, Short Shorts: Sudden Fiction and Animal Husband published by Mel C Thompson.
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