The power of mind maps – It’s so easy to start!

By Aga Guzik, WhyBlueSky, Poland

In 2012, Adobe published State of Create, the results of a large-scale international study on how various people in the world view creativity. In total, 5,000 adults were surveyed across the US, UK, Japan, Germany, and France.

Here’s what surprised us.
#1: The Education System: The Big, Bad, Creativity-Killer?
Interestingly enough, 59% of respondents felt that their creativity was stifled by the education system.What do you think? Should we file this statistic away as just another easy case of “scapegoating the education system,” or could there be some truth to this sentiment?

Now, think about your classroom…

Do you get the chance to engage your students in activities that cultivate their creativity?

So, How Do You Boost Creativity?
The answer is pretty simple: by using your brain to its fullest potential. Naturally, from this answer follows another question, “How do I use my brain to its fullest potential?” You have learnt some techniques on the last TTNF Training Day. There are various quick and easy ways you can train your brain. One of them is using Mind Maps.

The brain is designed to quickly incorporate visual cues into memory; so the visual nature of mind maps actually proves to be helpful in teaching kids new concepts and terminologies. In fact, using mind maps has been proven to increase children’s memory by as much as 32%. (Source: Toi, H. (2009) “Research on how Mind Map improves Memory.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Thinking, Kuala Lumpur, June 22-26, 2009.)

So, perhaps teaching mind maps to your students might be a good move — you know, so when Adobe conducts a study on them in 25 years, they will actually say their creativity was enabled through the education system (and not stifled by it)…

Ready to try out mind mapping for yourself, and see what all the hype is about?

Check out our teacher’s guide on how to work with mind maps. Grab a sheet of paper, some colored pens, click the link
and follow the instruction.

Note: DO THE TASKS (don’t just read them!) And have some fun!

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