Mind Mapping!

Do you use concept maps in your classroom? 
Here's a mor exciting & visually appealing alternative.
{it's harder than it looks!!!}

Mind Mapping was originated by Tony Buzan & I own  Kagan's Mind Mapping Smart Cards 

Mind Mapping is a visual note taking strategy that enhances your students' comprehension & retention 
of the information they learned.

Students can create their map with an open textbook, notes, in pairs, in groups, individually, during a unit,  as an alternative assessment at the end of the unit, etc. It's all up to you!!!!

I listed my Mind Mapping Step by Step & Tips on my blog for you to check it out.

This is by far one of my favorite strategies to add to our Interactive Student Notebook and to use an an authentic alternative assessment.

I used it this time around  as a culminating activity to wrap up the year and allowed my students to work cooperatively with  their friends to create group maps.

What's great about Mind Mapping is that the kids have no clue they are being assessed!
It give us the teachers however, a clear idea of what they got or didn't.

In the past I have had my students create their own maps & put them all together to create a large one.

This strategy provides the visual & kinesthetic students an opportunity to really show what they know.

I love that it can be adapted to every grade level and every subject.

Here are a few of my favorites from this past week :)

For more pictures & information come by & visit my blog.

What do you think? Have you used this strategy before? How? In what subject?
What was your kids' reaction?


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