May 16, 2022

Connect Your Thoughts

Mind Map/ Concept Map

A mind map is a way to display the interconnectedness of ideas.  Mind maps are helpful for brainstorming and categorizing information- for visualizing thinking.

Mind maps can be woven into any point of a learning segment.

Before new learning During the learning  Reflecting on the learning
Similar to the “K” (What do you know) of a KWL chart, students can be given space to draw upon their prior knowledge by making visual connections of concepts learned in the past. Mid learning, students can be asked to create a mind map to connect ideas together and expand on each. Students can reflect on their learning by making connections to past learning, asking questions about present learning, and predicting/ wondering about extending their learning.

Tool in Action

Mrs. Shuba created a mind map to prepare rich questions to drive learning.  This activity gave space for identifying different types of questions and how each connects to the overarching question of the unit.

Empowering self and students to own learning

This mind map caused Mrs. Shuba to clearly articulate the “why” behind every lab and activity her students will be engaging in. The essential, driving, and probing questions set students up to own the learning during each section of the unit.

Tool in Action

Students in Mrs. Parkinson’s literature literature class prepared for a new unit by making connections between the concepts and texts they will be interacting with.

Empowering students to own learning

Students are given space to understand the why behind the texts, topics, and concepts of the upcoming unit.  This understanding will increase engagement during the learning activities and empower students to make choices of how to reach the learning goals.


Joe Muhlberg

Joe Muhlberg is a Learning Experience Designer at Mason High School.

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