Communicating abstract ideas and creating visuals can prove challenging for teachers — no matter the grade or level of education. Making the material engaging and easy to follow for students can take a lot of time for teachers, on top of COVID-19 mitigation efforts and all of the other daily teaching responsibilities.
Enter mind mapping. It’s a strategy many teachers and students alike enjoy and find increases retention of knowledge. A mind map can turn a list into a non-linear, colorful and moveable graphic that organizes ideas organically.
When you view even a simple list, you might only take a few seconds to read it, but try recalling all of the information afterward. Viewing that same data in the form of a mind map is transformative in the way it’s interpreted and retained.
And with Corel® MindManager®, there are a plethora of mind mapping strategies that have been shown to help students and teachers:
1. Mind mapping software can help with lesson planning.
List each subject and underneath it, all of the relevant info for the week. Move the pieces around until everything is organized by time and concept.
2. Create a flow chart for organization.
Both students and teachers have innumerable projects and tasks to plan in order to meet deadlines and be successful in their daily, weekly and semester-wide endeavors.
Can track tasks, lesson plans and even information about students. MindManager allows users to create a main topic and embed links and files. It may otherwise take toggling between multiple folders and documents to dive into a subject, but MindManager makes going through material quick and easy. All attachments and pertinent information can be collected in a common place. Prep time and residual work are greatly reduced with this method.
Can transfer important concepts into mind maps and use it as a central dashboard to organize work. Dates, schedules and documents can easily be shared for communication and collaboration in an easy-to-follow format. This method can make goals and deadlines less overwhelming and more likely to be achieved.
3. Use mind maps in lessons or presentations.
What makes mind maps so compelling is their organic layout that takes students and peers through the thought process in a creative way. Instead of going through bullet points, learners can view a concept in a thought-provoking visual. Print them for study notes for extra memory retention.
4. Allow students time for flow charting.
Sometimes a good brainstorming session is in order, and mind mapping can facilitate creative thinking for all types of students. A word processing program isn’t always as intuitive and a doodle pad can prove overwhelming, but Corel MindManager makes flowcharts easy for students and teachers alike.
5. Track student progress in a visual format.
Teacher notes on student performance can be kept in a format that’s easys to access and can be quickly used before parent teacher conferences or completing report cards.
6. Help students break through comprehension challenges.
If a particular topic or lesson has been returned with blank stares and poor retention, try breaking out of the norm and using a mind map visual. The flowchart nature helps students form connections between information they might not have otherwise understood. This bigger picture technique combats stress, especially in research assignments or times of information overwhelm.
7. Students can use mind maps for note taking.
If a student is finding traditional lectures boring or unengaging, they can employ mind mapping techniques to help them stay focused and visually stimulated.
8. Break away from the usual slide-focused presentations.
Students can benefit from viewing information in a different way. And sometimes teachers can reinvigorate their own excitement on a topic by breaking away from the norm. Mind maps can incorporate color and imagination to capture the attention of all types of students in various ages and stages.
Mind maps offer a unique structure and creative freedom. Forming ideas and making deep connections to drive lessons into a topic of great interest and understanding can take a lot of heavy lifting. But mind maps make this great and important work more immediate and take the burden-free. Try it out for a format with innumerable benefits.