(Ermanno Tarrachini) Wednesday, 20/07/2016
The mind map structures the information in a logical way, which leads to better memory and understanding, through various channels or modalities: the eyes (visual-spatial), oral and linear editing (text) by the student from his mental map.
Students must build it themselves, individually, but it is the teacher who initiates the practice, with examples (intervention by Angela).
Ermanno talks about a student who says "I AM", but who is not There (space) or now (Time). Aurelia speaks about a student who stays within himself.
Secondly, Ermanno invites each participant to draw a mind map for a problem he freely chooses, but related to their classroom practice.
Then some participants come to present their mind map to the whole group, who react, ask for clarification, and Ermanno comments in the context of the theme of the workshop.
Regarding the possibility raised by one of the participants to use this individual mind map as a transmission tool for teachers during the transition to the upper class, Valentine points out that this may reduce learning because the learner is not "frozen".
Ader underlines the difficulty of using this tool individually given the often overfull classrooms in Africa (up to 192 for one participant!). Ermanno proposes a possible solution: make groups according representation modalities (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.).