“The opportunity to train with the inventor of Mind Maps, my mentor, Tony Buzan became an exciting prospect. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to train with Tony and his fantastic team.”
ThinkBuzan Licensed Instructor: Don Taylor first discovered Mind Mapping in Hong Kong in 2007 when he came across “The Mind Mapping Book” by Tony Buzan in a book shop. Don works as an English teacher as well as a Mind Map instructor.
I use Mind Mapping daily in all my activities both personally and at work. For myself, I do all of my thinking and planning through Mind Mapping.
At work, I have a rich and diverse group of clientele ranging from kindergarten through corporate. For the most part, I teach English and Mind Mapping is an integral part of how and what I teach. We use the maps to build vocabulary and to break down and understand more complex issues. Mind Mapping simplifies, clarifies, organises and brings order and understanding in a way that is both enjoyable and beneficial to all of my clients.
The response has been overwhelming from the students, teachers and administrators alike. Some of the most beautiful and creative maps come from the youngest students.
Working with Tony provided a big boost in my life and helped me realize that there are many like-minded individuals in the world effecting positive change. This motivated me further and got my gears churning even more. I soon came to realise that in order to bring about more positive change I would need to train the trainers.
What feedback and response do you get from your students?
The feedback and response from students is tremendously positive. They truly enjoy learning through Mind Mapping. Reluctant learners become willing learners. They are happy and begin to apply the skills into their own learning. Many are now able to achieve at a higher level and they continuously share their new found successes with me. As a fan and advocate of Mind Mapping, it is truly inspirational to see their eagerness and hear them ask, “Can we mind map today?”
These photos are taken with a select group of grade 6 students in Zhongshan, China. The response from the students was very positive. Mind Maps are something they’ve never seen or done before. I feel truly blessed to be their guide on this fantastic journey.
This is a photo of my Secondary students at ICE (Innovative Centre of Education), where I work. We were mapping out an article and learning vocabulary.
I have been Working with Long Long, age 5, to learn phonics and Cambridge English since May 2013. While he is very bright, I found in early December that he wasn’t retaining much of his acquired knowledge. Therefore we began mapping out some of his topics in an organized fashion.
How are you planning to implement Mind Mapping into the school curriculum?
Oh, this is the most interesting part. I will train the teachers and a select group of students on a bi-monthly basis. The teachers training is actually ongoing as we work and keep daily contact through our online internet chat room.
I will train some of the brighter students so they may serve as helpers or facilitators to their peers in the classroom. It will help foster camaraderie and develop leadership skills amongst the students. This should be a most beneficial helper to the teachers. As you can imagine teaching 50+ students per lesson is no easy endeavour.
My work with the teachers, beyond training them in Mind Mapping, is to identify where Mind Maps can be used in the classroom along with building them together. One of the biggest changes we are planning on implementing is the introduction of phonics into grade 1. Currently, they don’t learn phonics until grade 3. For me, this is like doing Maths without really knowing or understanding what numbers are.
What is next on your Mind Mapping agenda?
Because Mind Mapping plays such a pivotal role in my life, it is my passion to bring Mind Mapping into the lives of as many people as possible. As I continue to work on a more personal level here in Hong Kong, I will find more opportunities to train the trainers.
There are 3 people that I would like to give thanks to as each one has been instrumental in helping me bring Mind Mapping to the citizens of Hong Kong and now Zhongshan, China.
Big heartfelt thanks are in order to the 3 following educational advocates. Veronica Wong for sending me to train with Tony Buzan in 2012. An experience that opened my eyes to the possibility of effecting positive change in the world. Karen Liu of Shuiyunxuan Primary School for believing in the dream and helping to bring Mind Mapping to Zhongshan, China. And, Kelly Hui my dear friend and partner at the Innovative Centre of Education for her endless energy and support.
With over 6 years experience in Mind Mapping and teaching experience, Don is hoping to publish a series of books to be used in the classroom.
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