The 12 Week Roll Out is at its end!
How is your school using
COLOR to enhance Maps?

Rule #1 on using color with Maps is that color is  not used to decorate Maps.  Color is used to deliberately enhance the meaning of Maps by highlighting certain information.  This is why we discourage the use of color when creating Maps until there is a baseline understanding of how color will enhance the content.

In the example above, the 3rd grade math team of Jamie Lee and Courtney Weaver at PS 294X used color to support their students as they sorted mathematical terminology under the correct operations.  The activity was an interactive one, scaffolded by color, and the resulting Tree Map is now posted prominently as a resource for the scholars.

Every Map has multiple options for using color to enhance meaning.  See the Tree Map below for another use of color when categorizing.  The Map above uses color to show the chunks of information that make up the categories- the four mathematical operations.  The Tree Map below is the one you created as part of your Basic Training.  In this Map, color is used to show relationships within and across the categories.

Note how the color-coding lends itself to writing.  The Tree Map above would have 4 body paragraphs- one for each branch of the Tree.  The Tree Map below would have a body paragraph or section for each of the rows going horizontally across the Maps.

Need some ideas?  Pages 269-277 of A Language for Learning provide detailed suggestions for multiple ways to use color with every Map. This is a GREAT professional development session for a school or grade/department team- bring together a bunch of Maps and use the manual to come up with various ways to enhance those Maps using color.  (If the Map already uses color, GREAT!  Now come up with ANOTHER way to use color with that Map.)

The biggest takeaway from this newsletter should be: Color is used to ENHANCE Maps, not to DECORATE Maps.

I'd love to see your applications of the color being used to enhance Maps!!! The TMLC Gallery is a great place to search for ideas that are grade and content appropriate!
Need help coming up with ideas?
Reach out to
me or your Implementation Coach!

(NOTE: Because of the nature of the card sort activity, both of these Tree Maps are missing a few of the lines and stems that would make these Trees fully accurate.  When created in the software or drawn, both would have all the appropriate lines.)

I'm working in partnership with Adam Fachler on a mission to learn more about the biggest struggles that educators face. And, subsequently, to develop support structures to help teachers negotiate those challenges.

While we can assume what might challenge you as an educator, it would be really helpful to get your thoughts directly.  What are the challenges that you face as an educator? 

To share your insights, please click 
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thinking and to send it on to others that you know.
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