Seeing Reason Tool
Mindful Mapping of Cause and Effect
Analyzing cause-and-effect relationships is important to understanding complex systems. With the Seeing Reason Tool students create visual maps of the factors and relationships in a cause-and-effect investigation. These maps make thinking visible and promote collaboration as students work together to refine their understanding.
The tool and related resources are available for free, from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Students may work on their lists at home or at school, and can even compare their ideas with students located in distant classrooms.
Overview and Benefits ›
Learn more about the features of the Seeing Reason resource. A summary of the research outlines the benefits of "making thinking visible" for your students.
Try the Tool ›
See how easy it is to use the tool using a demonstration version. Follow a tutorial that helps get you started with using the tool in the classroom.
Project Examples ›
Get project ideas from other teachers who have used Seeing Reason in the classroom. Browse short project ideas or longer, detailed unit plans.
Instructional Strategies ›
Learn effective strategies from teachers who have used the tool. Find ideas for planning a project, using the tool in an activity, and assessing what students have learned.
Quote to Note
"Any collection of related facts is difficult to grasp when expressed by figures in tabular form, but the same may be seen at a glance when presented by one of the many graphic representations of those ideas."
Gardner C. Anthony,
An Introduction to the