I was initially inspired to try this strategy after watching this TED talk by Rachel Smith.
A gallery of examples from a 2010 professional development (6 hour session)...
|Add the central image|
(I provided all of the teachers with an image of the brain.)
|Branches represent the key points|
(I provided a few images to anchor thinking relating to the central image and each branch.)
(We provided the teachers with Sharpie Ultra-Fine-Point Permanent Markers and let them keep them at the conclusion of the professional development.)
I also provided the glasses (realia) to emphasize the point of focusing on the target and essential questions. This teacher chose to attach her glasses to the Mind Map.
|We chose to display the Mind Maps in the hallway leading to the principal's office. This allowed teachers to compare, question, and simply continue the conversation of "Focus Lessons."|
|Everyone takes notes differently.|
|Mind Maps are engaging and powerful!|
A gallery of examples from a 2013 professional development (3 hour session)...
|Drawing During Staff Development -|
The Parson ES instructional plan and PZ 4 initiatives were introduced while the teachers synthesized the key details.
|The maps are displayed in the lounge and work room to serve as a reminder that we all have a hand in making "Our Academic Environment" language-rich!|
Teachers are able to view how colleagues synthesized the same information differently.
|The central image is the cover of the 2013-2014 Building a Culture of Achievement instructional blueprint|
|Free Sharpies were provided and teachers were allowed to keep them!|
|The Mind Maps are displayed above the copier too! Making every minute count...|