Small groups of students make a visual/graphical representation where ideas are linked around a central concept.
- Small groups (3-10)
- <5 minutes
- 5-10 minutes
- 10-30 minutes
- Activating prior knowledge
- Creative Thinking
When to use it?
- When there is a broad topic with a lot of concepts that can be linked together. Connecting concepts can help students to understand and remember the relationships between them.
- When you want students to organise complex material.
- Come up with the focused questions or problems that will guide the students when they will be creating a concept map.
- Make groups
Make groups of 3-4 students.
- Provide a question
Provide each group with a different question or problem.
Ask students to make a concept map in relation to the given question or problem.
Tips for implementation & variation
- Online teaching: Students can be put into breakout rooms and use the built-in whiteboard of the video lecture tool to create their concept map.
- Changing maps between groups can be a good idea to extend students’ thinking and look for relations between different problems.
- It is also possible to give the same problem or question to different groups. This way they will be able to compare their maps and see how differently they have approached them.