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Mind Design Tools for Educators
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Janice McLachlan July 1-30, September 1-29, November 1-30, February 1-28
University of the Pacific
Would you like to learn new ways to teach your students how to understand their thought process? This course will help you to instruct your students on how to make sense out their thoughts with clear and concise precision through the use of mapping tools and inquiry-based learning. Educators will learn various ways to scaffold their curriculum, help students build a foundation for critical thinking skills and connect concepts through mapping design and visualizations. Participants will learn the difference between, concept mapping, mind mapping and thinking maps. Teachers will learn creative ways to facilitate these methods in their individual classroom to align with Common Core Learning Standards. The brain retains information for a longer period of time when it makes connections and creates thought patterns. Teachers can learn how to give students the concrete skills and knowledge to build these visual and literal connections. Various models, online technology tools and philosophies of mapping will be the focus of this course. Educators will create many relevant mind design tools to use in their everyday classroom. This course is appropriate for all educators grades P-12 including: ELA, Mathematics, S.S., Science, Physical Education. LOTE, the Arts, Special Education Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists.