If people are to become better thinkers, they need a concrete medium where thinking can be exposed, explained and practised. Mind mapping provides this concrete medium. Learning is the responsibility of the learner, and by teaching mind mapping you give your learners a tool to create their own meaning and also encourage them to take responsibility for their own learning.
Young learners are constantly reshaping the way they see the world. As they experience new concepts, they become more aware of the world around them and they begin to try to make sense and meaning from their learning. While children are gathering all this information and beginning to shape it into some sort of internal order, mind mapping can help them to see where everything fits. It can be a little like using the picture on the front of a box to help put together a very complicated jigsaw.
Mind mapping thoughts can help the learner to see the order and shape of an idea or theme
Mind mapping concepts and keywords can help learners to see how the parts connect and fit to make the whole
Mind mapping topics can lay the foundation for a term’s work and provide a tool that links the lesson from week to week.
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