When teaching a new way of thinking to students it is important that they grasp the concept. If you over entertain you lose them in the excitement and if you do not entertain enough they fall asleep. So the question recently pondered at the Online Think Tank was; Explaining VS. Entertaining when Presenting Mind Map Methods to Students.
Let face it kids are bombarded with media entertainment and so if you do not WOW the crowd then you cannot compete with the mass media hysteria, U-Tube and Internet. When teaching to University Student X’ers, you must remember they do not trust the establishment.
Of course when teaching Mind Mapping and Mind Map concepts generally disdain for establishment can be overcome and the thought of Mind Map thinking is indeed somewhat anti-establishment, as you tell them to “Question Authority,” think for themselves, look over the data and be skeptical of news articles with Who, what, when, where, how, why, etc.
Thus you have all the components to teach it and rather than dwelling on it all, maybe you could “Just Start” and see what works and modify it as you go. Of course this is contrary to scientific method or even educator type thinking. So you need to explain the Mind Mapping and go easy on the entertainment side of the presentation, but not void of a little excitement.
As our Online Think Tank debated this we came to the conclusion that more teaching sessions of Mind Mapping needed to be scrutinized to see what worked best with what age groups to insure that they grasp the concept and modify it as we go. We need to teach People to think systematically and strategically using their reference points and from their perspectives.
After all, you can look into a human’s eyes and know if they know and when you are done, you should be able to ascertain if they get it or Not? What do you think? Well, I hope this thinking exercise was of value in itself and it helps you in your quest to be the best in 2007.