#6- Mind Mapping

Since I joined the program a bit later than everyone else, I did my learning scales for the first time about 15 minutes ago, so, they’re exactly the same now.

For the first scale, “Committing to a story/issue”, I chose the first option, which means that I can identify and begin to describe an issue that I care about, and why it’s important. I chose this because I feel like i’ve spent enough time researching education reform to partially understand the complexity of the issue and why it’s important (the reason I say partially is because I don’t know how much I don’t know about the issue, so I can’t say that I understand it well).

For the second scale, “Managing learning”, I chose the last option, which explained that I thrive in a blended learning environment and relish the opportunity to pursue my learning freely. I chose this because I feel like over the past two years I have been able to develop the skills to actually be able to do things like seek out learning opportunities and manage my learning in a way that works for me, and this target described how I learn very well.

About My Mind Map:

I struggled a lot with this at first because my topic is still so complex and broad because I don’t exactly know what i’ll focus on. I had a lot of trouble with the change portion of it because I just don’t know how i’ll go about changing things yet. All in due time.


Maddie Parker

3 Responses to “#6- Mind Mapping

  • Emily Rinkema
    7 years ago

    Hi Maddie,

    Really cool mind map! Your level of detail and organization is not only impressive, but shows HOW you’re thinking as well as WHAT you’re thinking. It might be worth your time to take one of the areas of tension that you think you’re most interested in (i.e. Parent/child or Traditional/Innovative) and blow that up in its own mind map…

    You’re right about the change section–so difficult at this point to see how to make a change in such a huge system. Your challenge moving forward may be to choose one small component of this map (or the next) and then focus on how to shift mindsets in that area?

    Here’s a TED Talk that you might find relevant. It’s about the parent tension: https://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?language=en

    Thanks for your map!

  • Maddie,
    Hi, I’m Greta, and I’m a junior at Middlebury Union High School. Your mind map popped out at me while I was scrolling through the blog! It is incredibly organized and in a really unique way. I agree with Emily that it really gives us an insight into your brain! Even though you said you were struggling, I think it turned out really well and you have a lot to work with now.

    • Hi Greta,
      Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate what you had to say.
      I took a look at your mind map/blog post as well and was super interested in the way you organized your map. I think that your style of organizing your thoughts is one that I could learn a lot from, I like that your mind map shows that you have a lot of ideas, and that you know what to do with them.
      – Maddie

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