In this version of a gallery walk, students create mind maps, showcase them in the classroom, and peer-review each other’s mind maps.
Students begin this activity in class and, with the instructor’s help, choose a topic related to the course material that they would like to study in depth. At home, students research their chosen topic and put together a mind map that highlights the key concepts and details related to their researched topic. The mind maps can include colour, images, text, or whatever media the student would like to incorporate to convey information.
After the mind maps are completed at home, students bring them into class for a “museum day”. Students place their mind maps on the walls of the classroom, and tables and chairs are moved into the centre of the room to give ample space for walking around. Students then take turns viewing their peers’ mind maps and presenting their own mind maps to their peers. Students listening to presenters are encouraged to ask questions and leave comments (using sticky notes) beside the presenter’s mind map. The activity is finished when every student has presented and has a chance to view and comment on their peers’ mind maps.
Students then go home and read through the commentary their peers gave them on their mind map. They are then encouraged to modify their mind maps based on the commentary. This activity finishes with students submitting their mind maps for instructor evaluation.
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