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10 Mind Mapping Strategies For Teachers

10 Mind Mapping Strategies For Teachers
10 Mind Mapping Strategies For Teachers by Andrea Leyden, The adoption of Mind Maps in teaching has grown recently due to the benefits of using Mind Maps to learn and the availability of free online mind mapping software. Teachers have recognized the value of using Mind Maps to engage students, encourage creativity and, most importantly, teaching how to learn rather simply memorizing content. How do teachers harness the full power of Mind Mapping? Mind Mapping Strategies for Teachers Pre-class: Planning: Whether its lesson plans, design of your class curriculum for the school year or planning an assignment timeline, Mind Maps give you a clear and visual overview of what needs to be covered.Organizing: If you’re the type of person who regularly jots down ideas and thoughts, Mind Maps are the perfect tool to create structure and organization of a topic. In-class: Teaching: Online Mind Maps can be used in class to brainstorm and generate discussions. Outside class: Related:  Graphic/ Writing OrganizersBrain Stuff

Interactive Graphic Organizer Holt Interactive Graphic Organizers "Graphic organizers are tools that help your brain think." - Kylene Beers Graphic organizers are an illustration of your thoughts on paper. They can help you brainstorm, organize, and visualize your ideas. Click on a graphic organizer to download a PDF of it. Each graphic organizer below includes Teaching Notes with lessons and tips on how to use graphic organizers in the classroom. Help with PDF Files Generating, Identifying, and Organizing Details Determining Main Idea and Drawing Conclusions Order and Sequence Comparison-Contrast and Cause and Effect Process and Cycle Diagrams Evaluating and Making Decisions Persuasive and Supporting a Position Vocabulary Miscellaneous Organizers Graphic Organizer Teaching Notes

24 Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools Mind mapping is the process of using visual diagrams to show the relationships between ideas or information. Its popular uses include project planning, collecting and organizing thoughts, brainstorming and presentations — all in order to help solve problems, map out resources and uncover new ideas. It can be more useful than trying to keep track of our ideas by scribbling them on paper, and can aid in manipulating and generating concepts. We've compiled a list of 24 mind mapping tools to help you organize, summarize and visualize information, with both free and paid versions available to suit any budget or requirement. The tools mentioned are either browser- or desktop-based, with a selection of mind mapping mobile apps at the end of the article for use on iOS and Android devices. Is there a particular mind mapping tool you would recommend? 1. MindMeister was built to facilitate collaboration for mind mapping and brainstorming, with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. 2. iMindMap 3. 4.

Mind Mapping in My Classroom with MindMeister Editor’s note: Winners of the MindMeister giveaway are announced in the Comments! Mind Mapping is one of the hot buzzwords being thrown around in the world of pedagogy. What exactly are Mind Maps? Well, in simple terms, they’re those old bubble brainstorming maps that we were all forced to draw in the 8th grade. Personally, mine were always much less colorful and dynamic! However, Mind Mapping has come a very long way in recent years, especially with the assistance of technology. In this post I want to highlight my favorite Mind Mapping program – MindMeister — and talk about several ways I use mind maps in my classroom. There are many similar products out on the market today (both free and fee-based), but what sets MindMeister apart (in my mind) is that it provides simultaneously collaborative brainstorming and visualization tools using cloud technology. As you can see, MindMeister has numerous features and allows a great deal of flexibility and creativity. MindMeister in the Classroom

The Power Of Interest Monday, November 4, 2013 If there is just one message I could share with parents, educators, and managers, it would be about the transformative power of interest. In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest, investigating what interest is, how interest develops, what makes things interesting, and how we can cultivate interest in ourselves and others. They are finding that interest can help us think more clearly, understand more deeply, and remember more accurately. Interest has the power to transform struggling performers, and to lift high achievers to a new plane. So what is interest? What Interest Can Do For Us Interest is at once a cognitive state and an affective state, what Silvia calls a “knowledge emotion.” Interests powerfully influence our academic and professional choices. In fact, scientists have shown that passionate interests can even allow people to overcome academic difficulties or perceptual disabilities.

graphic organizer Preface If you access the link to the recording it would be great if you would just leave a short comment on this post to let me know. I would really like to know if it is useful to people when I post the overviews & recording links Introduction One of those rare sessions where I was not actually there! I was laid low by a migraine and was unable to join this exciting recorded session by Shelly Terrell. The Session Shelly began with some introductory information and talked about the most simple forms of graphic organiser. The next part of the session included a variety of ideas on using GO with students – Shelly showed us some great images of mind maps/GO from her students. Next Shelly used Application Share to share a wiki with links for a wide variety of graphic organisers/mindmapping. Finally it was a return to the original graphic organiser to complete the “what as been learnt” and “how to find out more” sections. Conclusion Next Webinar In the Future

Some Basic Active Learning Strategies Engaging students in individual or small group activities–pairs or trios especially–is a low-risk strategy that ensures the participation of all. The sampling of basic activities below can be adapted to almost any discussion or lecture setting. Using these strategies, or variations on them, ensures that you'll hold your students' attention in class and throughout the semester. Ice Breakers Those things that get people talking quickly and personally about their goals, fears, expectations for the session before them. top Think/Pair/Share Have attendees turn to someone near them to summarize what they're learning, to answer a question posed during the discussion, or to consider how and why and when they might apply a concept to their own situations. Write/Pair/Share The format for this strategy is identical to the think-pair-share, except that students process the question asked of them by writing about it rather than reflecting. Student Summaries Question and Answer Pairs Focused Listing Corners

Concept Maps Classroom Strategies Download a Graphic Organizer Word Doc (111 KB)PDF (127 KB) Background A concept map help students visualize various connections between words or phrases and a main idea. Most are comprised of words or phrases surrounded by a circle or square that connect to one another and ultimately back to the main idea through graphic lines. Benefits Concept maps have been shown to support struggling readers (Lovitt & Horton, 1994) by building off of students' prior knowledge and asking them to reflect on their understanding while reading. Create and use the strategy There are several ways to construct concept maps for middle and high school students. Model for your students how you identify the major ideas presented in a reading as you read.Organize your ideas into categories if applicable to the type of concept map you chose. You can use concept maps as a pre-reading strategy by inviting students to share what they already know about a particular concept. References

The Hierarchy of Professional Development Needs | It’s July and we are learning. A month usually reserved for family trips and “honey-do” lists has brought something different for our district: professional development. The fact that we are doing professional development in July, while unique to us, isn’t a new concept in educational training. What makes teachers want to take a break from a beach trips or finally tiling that living room floor? For the second time this summer myself and fellow trainer Tim Yenca have embarked teachers on a 3-day learning expedition called the “Eanes Apple Core Academy”. 1. Yes, at the academy we celebrate failure so much that when it happens everyone cheers “Woooo!!” 2. When trying to buy tickets to the hottest show coming to town, why is it that people will hit refresh on their computer up to the second for when their tickets go on sale? 3. This one takes the most amount of work, but has some of the biggest pay-off. 4. Feed me maybe? 5. MIT is re-known for it’s media lab. Like this: Like Loading...

My Holiday Webbing Bubble Writing By saradavila Here is a webbing bubble organizer for brainstorming ideas related to a topic before writing. This writing worksheet is prepared for writing and organizing ideas about a previous holiday vacation trip. Students begin by brainstorming ideas and using the webbing to organize. The organizer includes writing process of error correction and feedback from peers with some scaffolding questions that learners can use with peers to help improve the writing. This activity would be appropriate for writers at a number of levels of EFL/ESL learning, or as a general writing organizer for students working with writing organization. Download (PDF, Unknown)

Icebreakers 'Icebreakers' are games or activities that help "break the ice" at events where there are lots of people who don't know each other. These games are easy to play and help the group to mix in a neutral challenge/s. this is by no means an exhaustive list and we always welcome suggestions of games you find that are good icebreakers. (email us) Ape, Man, Girl Game Both "Ape, Man, Girl" and "Elves, Wizards, Giants" are funnier team variations of the scissors, paper, stone game. Have people pair off. Balloon Game Posted on the Christian Youthworkers egroup Tie a balloon on a string (at least two feet long) to each person's ankle. Catch the Ball, Head the Ball Suggested by Neil Savory Arrange all participants in a circle. Players that get it wrong have to sit down. Communicating Challenge Try the "Line up game" this way.... Give everyone a number. Counting Game Have everyone in your group pair up and face each other. Variation: The Math Game Crash aka: 'Clump' Variation: Elves, Wizards, Giants Human Bingo

Concept map An Electricity Concept Map, an example of a concept map A concept map or conceptual diagram is a diagram that depicts suggested relationships between concepts.[1] It is a graphical tool that designers, engineers, technical writers, and others use to organize and structure knowledge. A concept map typically represents ideas and information as boxes or circles, which it connects with labeled arrows in a downward-branching hierarchical structure. The relationship between concepts can be articulated in linking phrases such as causes, requires, or contributes to.[2] Overview[edit] A concept map is a way of representing relationships between ideas, images, or words in the same way that a sentence diagram represents the grammar of a sentence, a road map represents the locations of highways and towns, and a circuit diagram represents the workings of an electrical appliance. Concept maps were developed to enhance meaningful learning in the sciences. Differences from other visualizations[edit]

Describe Room List Organizer Writing Activity By saradavila Here is an list style organizer for writing a descriptive paragraph about the the room of a student. The list is used as a brainstorming tool and a pre-writing task to help EFL/ESL learners organize their ideas. This list helps learner think about what they need to write about in the room and adjectives and descriptors that can be used to make the writing more interesting. Begin by having students list what is in their room in the first column. In the second column students can list adjectives and descriptions of use that can help to add depth to the descriptive writing. The organizer includes writing process of error correction and feedback from peers with some scaffolding questions that learners can use with peers to help improve the writing. This is a good beginner level writing tool with a common topic used at introductory or beginner level writing with EFL/ESL students. Download (PDF, Unknown)