Thinking maps can be used to help students "think about what they are thinking about". Print out the corresponding thinking maps (the template and the sample), and glue them onto a dark colored piece of construction paper (legal size). Then laminate each thinking map poster. I usually post these thinking maps up in my classroom in the writing area, and refer to them throughout the year. We use at least one thinking map daily, after a read aloud. I sit with the students and draw out one on chart paper. However, I point to the thinking map poster (that I will make using these thinking maps) on the wall and we discuss it's purpose. Throughout the year, the students will be able to see them anytime they need to and eventually they will be able to create and use them independently.