Mind maps were popularized by psychologist, Tony Buzan in the 1960s. He argued that the mind works less like a list and more like a cloud of thought centered around a core idea. Mind mapping is an attempt to reflect on paper how the mind generates ideas.
Mind Maps are a very practical way to plan a lesson and can be effective visual learning tools in the classroom. So, here’s how to make one:
Start with a core idea. Write it in the middle of the page. Then draw out supporting ideas and arrange them around the core idea. From each supporting idea draw out further details, points and teaching ideas. When you have exhausted your thinking on the matter and your study of the topic/text you can either teach from your mind map or write out the lesson plan in a more traditional, list style.
Here is an example of a map based on 1 Tim 6:11-13 around the idea of “Man of God”