A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information. By presenting these connections in a radial, non-linear graphical manner, it encourages a brainstorming approach to any given organizational task, eliminating the hurdle of initially establishing an intrinsically appropriate or relevant conceptual framework to work within.
A mind map is similar to a cognitive map but there are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used.
The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas. The uniform graphic formulation of the semantic structure of information on the method of gathering knowledge, may aid recall of existing memories.
Mind map is a type of device that we can use to express our mind explicitly in a form of writing. I have been taught of using this device since in primary school to do my notes in complicated subject that needed students to memorize a certain subject especially History. What I do when I get my notes was I underlined the main pointsof a certain topice because in my opinion, the main poin or KEYWORD is the important element that is needed inside a mind mapping. Then, I underlined the gist of the topic and make a simple mind map out of it. I usually used colours to make the mind map looked more interesting. Sometimes, I used pictures to indicate the elements’ differences.
Mind mapping is interesting and fun if we really know how to manipulate it.
Metacognitive Reflection : Thinking About One’s Own Thinking
Situation: One day, in one hot afternoon during my waiting for the bus on my way to the faculty, I was thinking about what I have said to my friend about her boyfriend. I told her that her boyfriend was being over obsessive and she should do something about it. The reason of telling her that is because I could not stand seeing her getting angry at a certain point and I had to endure through her tantrum for a day. Finally, last night, I told her that she should not be emotionally stressed for any reason. I also told her that her boyfriend is being rude and obsessive. Somehow, I noticed that she was feeling uncomfortable with it, so I apologize. Therefore, based on this recollection, I tried to think hard about what I have said to her that made her feel unease.
First, I told her that her action at the present time made me feel uncomfortable. I felt that way because she did not want to have dinner with me and replied my message rudely. As a result, I came to her room and asked her about herself. I felt that she was lying to me and I asked more. She still refused to say anything. Then, I made an accusation, telling her that her boyfriend was the reason for her of being passive and unfriendly. She looked surprised and said nothing. Realizing that I might have said something that made her feel uncomfortable, I told her that if she had a problem or something to talk about, she can just talk to me. Then, I left her room.
This recollection made me feel that I should not have pushed her with unwanted or unnecessary question whenever she had a problem. I should have been more considering and accept her action at that time because she did not know what she should do back then. I plan to go back to her room after class and apologize for being rude.
Secondly, the metacognitive reflection that I have just learned for this week made me realize that it is very important to think and look back for a while on the things that we have done based on our thinking. Referring to my situation above, metacognitive reflection allowed me to sort out the memory of my action and reconsider the reason of thinking in that way. From that sorting, I can recognize my own mistakes and plan a new action or response that I must do if I meet the same circumstance again.
According to Wikipedia.com, a blog is…
” A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs. “
In my opinion, people used blogs for their own personal purposes, such as pouring their own feelings, sharing their interest with other bloggers, earning extra income through bussiness and discussing favourite topics.But these are informal purposes, making a blog based on their own goal. For TSIE, we are required to share and discuss certain topics. Posting comment on other people’s blog is also a must. Honestly, I did not understand as to why should we used a blog but, after viewing other people’s blog and comments, it can give us a lot of personal benefits. Therefore, using blog for TSIE had given us students to learning through the course from a different view, not just using the conventional learning.
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Assalamualaikum and a very good morning….I mean, typically, hi everyone. This is my first and only blog that I’ve just created today, due to the fact that my lecturer wanted us to create and post topics in a blog. This blog will be focusing on the Creative and Critical Thinking Skills in Education, my subject for this semester. I’ll be discussing a lot of things especially on the use of CCTS in teaching, sharing ideas and opinions with others, my reflection on my learning experiences and feedbacks from others. Feel free to explore my blog. I’ll be uploading a lot of widgets and fun stuffs soon. I will also add new members and new topics. Feel free to reply. That is all for today.