- To learn mind mapping, students need direct instruction and plenty of examples. Mini-lesson #3: Mind Mapping.
- The first assignment: ID cards. Students mind map their passions and interests.
- Key points: study models but always innovate; art "skill" doesn't matter; create layers and drafts of your work; experiment with color; aesthetics count.
- Grading creativity? No. Evaluate "teacher-edit" or "final". "T-E" = Make a revision based on the teacher's comments and corrections.
Once I caught the Book Love passion, I re-designed our department's summer reading assignment: Students are asked to keep a chart of what they read. Period. No mandatory reading - except in honors or AP. The question is: What should a teacher do with the chart in September?
- Invite students to create mind maps based on summer reading, which I define as everything they read -- books, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, etc. I want to know what they read.
- These mind maps are stand-alone art, but they also become useful on the first essay of the year.
- "Real readers set goals," says Penny Kittle. My kids just turn them into mind maps.
- "Reading Goals" mind maps are often revisited throughout the year and reflected upon in the portfolio.
- Teacher-centric: Create mind maps designed for student-notes atop your starter web. Then re-inforce note-taking strategies as you go through the lesson. Click here to see my student-teacher's entire Frederick Douglass unit!
- Student-centered: Use the signposts from Notice & Note to give the students more flexibility and autonomy.