When we feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to dwell on what we don’t know, instead of celebrating what we do know. By writing out everything that they remember about a given topic in a visual way, students will be able to make connections and recognise that, in fact, they know many things.
Students use a visual mind map to recognise what they know.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- identify what they know about a given topic
- recognise that it’s important to consider what they know, instead of what they don’t know.
Instructions 5 min
- Explain to students that they will have three minutes to write down everything they know about a topic.
- Encourage them to be visual – for example, to draw diagrams or pictures. (It doesn’t matter if they’re messy.)
- At the end of three minutes, students share their visuals with each other.
- Students can add to their maps once they have seen what others have written.
Sometimes it’s important to stop and reflect on content that is known. This can change a feeling of hopelessness to one of hope.
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