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LDE 3910 Week 2. Vicki Nilles Metropolitan State College. Schedule. Mindmapping Intro. to Brain-Based Assessment (week 1 Powerpoint) True Colors (week 1 PP) Tentative Schedule

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Lde 3910 week 2

LDE 3910Week 2

Vicki Nilles

Metropolitan State College


  • Mindmapping

  • Intro. to Brain-Based Assessment (week 1 Powerpoint)

  • True Colors (week 1 PP)

  • Tentative Schedule

    • Reading responses; informal assessments; language assessment components; accessing state and district ELL documents


  • The mind map is an expression of Radiant Thinking and is therefore a natural function of the human mind. It is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlocking the potential of the brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance.

    • (Buzan & Buzan, 1993).

Four Essential Characteristics

  • The subject of attention is crystallized in a central image.

  • The main themes of the subject radiate from the central image as branches

  • Branches comprise a key image or key word printed on an associated line. Topics of lesser importance are also represented as branches attached to higher level branches.

  • The branches form a connected nodal structure.

Mind Map Laws

1. Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least three colors

2. Use images, symbols, and codes throughout

3. Select key words

4. Print one word only on each main or extended branch

5. Make the lines the same length as the word or image

Mindmap laws continued
Mindmap Laws continued:

6. Connect main lines to the central image, making them thicker at the start and becoming thinner as they radiate out

7. Use a different color for each main branch (or rotate colors) and keep the same color for extending branches

Six Tips for Mind Mapping

1.Print neatly: Emphasize words through underlining, highlighting, and thick lines

2.Show associations by drawing an arrow between branches

3.Personalize your Mind Map by relating information to your own experiences

4.Develop your own shorthand or symbols, pictures, and abbreviations

5. Unleash your natural ability

6. When you’ve completed your Mind Map, you may want to put information in either chronological order or in order of importance

Mindmapping and memory
Mindmapping and memory

  • Sensuality – vision, hearing, sense of smell, taste, touch, kinaesthesia (your awareness of bodily position and movement in space)

  • Movement – adding movement to any image adds possibilities for the brain to link in and thus remember

  • Association – link new learning to old

  • Humor – have fun with your images. The more ridiculous and absurd…the easier to remember

  • Imagination – the more you apply your imagination to memory, the better your memory will be

  • Number – adds specificity and efficiency

  • Symbolism – a more meaningful image increases probability of recall

  • Color – using a full range of color provides greater interest and increased recall

  • Positivity – positive and pleasant images are better for memory purposes as the brain will want to return to them

  • Exaggeration – in size, shape, and sound will increase memory

    • Tony Buzan, 1998

The Brain Connection

The brain has five major functions:

1.Receiving-anything taken in by any of your senses

2. Holding-memory including retention (the ability to store information) and recall (the ability to access that stored information)

3. Analyzing-pattern-recognition and information processing

4. Outputting-Any form of communication or creative act, including thinking

5. Controlling-Referring to all mental and physical functions

Benefits of Mnemonic Mind Maps

  • They utilize all the cortical skills, thereby enormously enhancing the probability of recall

  • They activate the brain on all levels, making it more alert and skillful at remembering

  • Their attractiveness makes the brain want to return to them, and again encourages the probability of spontaneous recall

  • They are intrinsically designed to aid memory

  • They reflect the creative thinking process and therefore simultaneously enhance creative thinking skills

Standard Note-Taking

  • 1. Simply writing out what is being said

  • 2. The list style involves noting down the ideas as they occur

  • 3. The outline numerical alphabetical style consists of making notes in a hierarchical sequence consisting of major categories and sub-categories

Standard Note-taking does not include:

  • Visual rhythm

  • Visual pattern

  • Color

  • Image (imagination)

  • Visualization

  • Dimension

  • Spatial awareness

  • Association

These missing elements are essential in overall brain functioning

  • Research results found those participating in a standard note-taking study found the process to be frustrating, boring, punishing, a waste of time and down right painful, both literally and figuratively as many suffered from headaches and finger cramps.