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 topics and lessons in a way that is logical and systematic;
- identify and plan activities;
- introduce new concepts to pupils in interesting ways;
- promote better understanding of concepts;
- focus pupils’ attention on key aspects of a topic;
- help pupils prepare for tests and examinations;
- organise information that pupils are able to identify and relate to;
- help find out pupils’ misconceptions;
- assess pupils’ understanding of concepts and topics;
- plan extra support for some pupils.
Because concept maps can be drawn by pupils themselves, they are a useful tool for pupil-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;
- link new ideas with previously learned material;
- show prior knowledge of a topic;
- reduce doubt so that the pupil knows what to study and what to leave out.