Teaching effectively centres around the ability to plan and deliver effective, engaging lessons throughout the entire school year. As a teacher, we know that time is often in short supply, and so here are seven ways in which iMindMap can help you find a little bit more of it, by improving your lesson planning, preparation and delivery.
Mind Mapping your curriculum plans can save you time, as well as vastly improve the structure and clarity of your teaching. Having a visual overview of your plan will also allow you to easily spot the gaps where you have forgotten something, ensuring you have everything covered.
A good place to start is by brainstorming ideas. With iMindMap’s Brainstorm View*, you can add everything about a topic to the infinite cork-board canvas. Type away on the coloured sticky notes and group your ideas together. When you have finished, select the Mind Map View and watch your brainstorm transform into the structure of a Mind Map. From here you can highlight key concepts, develop and refine your ideas and turn them into an actionable plan.
*Only available in iMindMap 8 Ultimate
Lesson preparation can amount to files full of plans and documents, even a single lesson can generate pages of notes. With iMindMap, you are able to structure and coordinate these notes so that they are clear, concise and easy to follow.
As well as being able to use iMindMap to plan the different topics of your lesson and as a speaking aid, you can also insert all of your notes, files and website links straight to your Mind Map so they are accessible with just one click. Find out more.
Mind Maps are ideal for teaching and presenting concepts as they provide a useful focus for students, delivering an overview of the topic without superfluous information.
The Presentation View in iMindMap Ultimate is perfect for keeping the students engaged, with its 3D view, smooth animations and vibrant display ensuring that they always remain attentive. It has been proven that the colours and key words in a Mind Map aid the recall of information, so your students will thank you come exam time.
Mind Maps can provide succinct subject overviews which will make even the most complex topic easy to understand. They are exceptionally useful for visual, kinaesthetic and dyslexic learners who can feel frustrated and demotivated when being given information in linear, monochromatic format.
iMindMap Ultimate allows for these teaching handouts to be shared in a number of digital formats (including image, PDF and web page) and printed in a variety of ways for maximum convenience. These handouts also serve as a great reference during exam time.
As a teacher, you want your students to be involved, engaged and constantly learning. iMindMap provides the ideal collaborative tool for class discussions, as the nature of the Mind Map encourages students to forge links between topics as well as forming their own ideas and opinions.
With the software you will be able to record class discussions with audio notes, add individual viewpoints to each branch and the students will be able to visually express their own views with the help of the image and icon libraries.
It is important to assess knowledge at the beginning and the conclusion of a topic to ensure it is fully understood. Mind Mapping is a key tool for this concept as it will allow you to determine the level of understanding, before and after a topic has been taught and therefore, employing this technique reveals which topics need to be revised.
Mind Maps can be used to test a student’s knowledge in an engaging and enjoyable way and will encourage the students to think in context, thus developing a greater understanding of the topic.
With inspections and teacher reviews becoming more and more frequent, it is important to constantly self-assess and evaluate your teaching style and preparation. Mind Mapping allows you to determine your current abilities (for example, in areas such as lesson delivery, handouts, interaction etc.) and then set goals for what you would like to achieve within a week, a month or a year. This powerful form of self-evaluation will allow you to keep improving and meeting your teaching targets.← The countdown begins – here’s what’s new in iMindMap 8 8 ways to use iMindMap at work →