I started by putting the main topic that we have been studying in class (in this case it was Transport) and the main categories to get them started.
|put the main ideas of the concept map on the board|
I wanted everyone to have the same color so the focus was on the content, not how pretty it looked. My students use the computers almost everyday so I told them that while their computer was starting up I wanted them to work together and build a "Silent Mind Map" for the unit. They were not allowed to talk. All of the communication must happen in the writing on the board.
Even after they started working online they would look up and still come up to the board and add something, or erase and change something. It was really amazing to see them all work together.
In my larger classes it was actually pretty funny that even though there were more students, fewer of them would get up and write on the board so I found an easy way to keep track. At the beginning of the year I bought these 2-sided frames at IKEA
|99 cent picture frame from IKEA link to IKEA to purchase frame|
|back of the picture frame (it holds 2 pictures!!)|
I was REALLY surprised with how well this works and how much my students liked it. I plan to use it with every unit.
Have you found a great technique that helps your students understand a unit? Please share.
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