213 Appendix C Mind Mapping A mind map can help students describe their thoughts by visually organiz- ing information. Major ideas are drawn so that they are connected directly to the main concept, and other ideas branch out from those. For many students, a visual depiction can be easier to understand and memorize. A mind map (such as the one Tatum Elyse Korb created on page 214) conveys the relative importance and relationships between individual ideas and emphasizes the big picture. The best mind maps use mental triggers (eg, colors, connections, and size) to give order to the importance. The following steps should be considered when creating a mind map: 1. Put the main concept in the center using an image or a title. 2. Create your own images, symbols, and codes to indicate connections and importance. 3. Connect ideas to the main concept using lines that start from the central image. The lines can be made thinner the farther they are from the central image. 4. Each word or image should sit in its own box or on its own line. 5. Use multiple colors throughout the mind map to designate grouping. ROC_FINAL.indd 213 4/9/19 6:24 PM
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