Resource 2: How mind maps can help mathematics teachers and pupils

Background information / subject knowledge for teacher

Mind maps can help mathematics teachers to:

  • plan sections of the syllabus, topic and lessons in a way that is coherent and systematic;
  • identify and plan activities;
  • introduce new concepts to pupils in an interesting way;
  • promote better understanding of concepts;
  • focus pupils’ attention on key aspects of a learning programme;
  • facilitate learning for tests and examinations;
  • organise information that pupils are able to identify and relate to;
  • help find out pupil’s misconceptions;
  • evaluate pupils’ understanding of concepts and topics;
  • plan remedial teaching;
  • determine how much of a topic is understood

Because concept maps can be drawn by pupils themselves they are a useful tool for learner centred education.

Mind maps can help pupils to:

  • summarise their knowledge of a topic and give an overview;
  • help order topics according to their importance and relevance;
  • determine how much of a topic is understood;
  • reveal any misconceptions of a topic;
  • link new ideas with previously learned material’
  • show the prior knowledge of a topic’
  • reduce doubt so that the pupils knows what to study and what to leave out.

Resource 1: A measurement mind map

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