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Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a technique developed by Tony Buzan. It is a creative, non-linear form of brainstorming and is an excellent tool to help elementary students with reading, thinking and learning. Mind Maps are usually created around a single word or idea, placed in the centre of the map. Key concepts are linked to this central word using visuals, colour, words and lines. Main branches flow backwards and forwards from the central word. Attached to these branches are other branches which represent less important concepts.

Mind mapping can be used to:

  • activate prior knowledge
  • brainstorm
  • summarize or respond to a book
  • discover and express relationships between ideas

Read more about the use of mind Maps in elementary school at blog.thinkbuzan.com.

Take a look at examples of Mind Maps on Tony Buzan's website.