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Retention Tool # 15: The Power of Organizers {Mind Mapping}

 Purpose: To help students tap into potent power of mind mapping as a way to boost long-term retention and recall as well as a deeper understanding of information.

  • Step 1: Create your own color version of the mind map attached.
  • Step 2: Lead the class through your mind map noticing how quickly they can grasp the information and how much they enjoy the process.
  • Step 3: Put the mind map away and ask them what they remember about what was on the mind map.
  • Step 4: Ask them why they remembered so much information and discuss this with the class.
  • Step 5: Get the students into groups and get them to put together their own mind maps about the movies. {See sample attached}
  • Step 6: Move from group to group giving them open encouragement and helping them enjoy the process.
  • Step 7: When the mind maps are completed, get them to present their mind maps to each other.
  • Step 8: Ask the students if they thought this process was useful and enjoyable and ask them why.
  • Step 9: Include mind mapping as part of your long-term teaching strategy. Ideally mind-mapping key information learned each day followed by a weekly mind-map and a monthly mind map for use as regular review.

 NOTE: See Marcus Conyers' Power Mapping Program for full details of how to create effective mind maps. Also read Tony Buzanne's The Mind Map Book. Please Note: Mind mapping is one of the most powerful processes for helping all students succeed available in the world. As of now there are more than 100 million mind mappers and many students are transforming their success in school as a result of this process.

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