The yellow ruled pad
My note-taking companion. When I’m ready to make the presentation, out comes the pad and the lists begin. Today I’m doing it in a totally different way, and you can see it in the notes above.
The drawing above are my notes. I’m making 3 presentations on Painter 11, and each one is mapped out in the above mind map. I’ve heard about mind-mapping but never really understood what it was and how it works. Then I watched a video by Tony Buzan, who has been showing how to maximize the power of your brain, since the 1970’s. The mind map is a thinking tool that reflects externally what goes on inside your head.
What goes on inside my head?
When I started doing this map, it was new for me and so I walked very carefully into the idea. I left all the work for the LEFT side of my BRAIN. And you can see that in the area that I have dashed and dotted on the upper right side. It’s the INTRO part of the map, branching out from the center. No lists, no lines but pretty rigid. And then I let go and let the RIGHT side of my BRAIN do the work. Notice the freedom in the other two sections.
What have I learned?
I use both sides of my brain; one side to learn, the other to express. Next I learned that this whole process is much more fun than traditional notetaking, because of the color and images. I’ll be using these notes joyfully.
My recent post about sketchnotes is when I began to explore taking notes. Then someone in the blogging class mentioned that she did mind mapping using flower shapes. That definitely peaked my curiosity. And voila…my new way of taking notes.
Join Aristotle, Darwin, Beethoven, Leonardo in using this tool. WATCH - Mind Mapping with Tony Buzan … You Tube Learn about mind mapping from Tony Buzan himself. Try this project and tell me what you think. I’m eager to hear your comments.
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