Why do I use mind maps?

Mind maps are powerful thinking tools that allow students to visually organize ideas and concepts. Mind maps are essential learning for students of all ages and incorporate a variety of learning modalities, and allow students to practice making connections.

How do I use mind maps?

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a key word, idea, or theme.  A mind map begins in in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop.  Ideas are created around the central topic and connected connecting each of them to the topic with a line.  The same process continues with subtopics connecting back to the center and branching out from one another.  Students should be encouraged to use colors, drawings, and symbols, and keep topic labels as short as possible.  This strategy can be adapted depending on student needs with word banks, graphic organizers, and pre-printed images.  They can also be completed with internet applications such as bubbl.us.

Cinderella Mind Map

Teaching Measurement Mind Map

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