Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

March 29, 2009

Mind Mapping for Children and Education

Mind Mapping is a skill which I believe should be taught to all school children in the UK just as it is in Belgium and other European countries.

Buzan Training are offering a new course for Children and Parents on two dates this summer term. Follow this link for more details: http://www.buzanworld.com/Creative_Learning_For_Children_and_Parents.htm


In courses that I have run recently for KS2 and KS3 children they have all shown tremendous ability to think creatively once presented with the correct tools. Mind Mapping has played a huge role in this along with the basic ideas of thinking, memory and TEFCAS.

Mind Maps are proven to be a powerful and effective tool for learning and development. Many experienced educators and researchers  utilise and optimise Mind Maps in the fields of application, instruction and special need learning. However more need to release the potential not only in themselves but also in their students.

Your brain is like a sleeping giant. Many experts believe that we use as little as 1% of our full potential. You have probably spent between 1,000 and 10,000 hours formally learning economics, history, languages, literature, mathematics and political sciences etc. Yet, you will probably only have spent 0 to 10 hours learning:

  • creative thinking applied to different disciplines
  • concentration as a function of time
  • memory performance during and after the assimilation of information
  • the relationship between brain functions and ageing
  • the art of communication for memory
  • the nature of vision and it’s application to different types of reading
  • comprehensive approaches to study and technical reading
  • the effect of our modes of thought on habit patterns and change

If this is true then it is shocking to say the least. Our Education systems and our Educators have got it so wrong.

What about your concentration and comprehension? You have been given content NOT process.

Taught what, but not how to learn!

Statistics show that, on average, executives spend:

  • 30% of their time reading and sorting through information
  • 20% of their time solving problems and thinking creatively
  • 20% of their time communicating.

It is essential that these skills be learned, that the brain be trained.

It’s time to reform and re-educate the educators.  It is simply wrong to expect people (children) to learn and develop without knowing how to learn. If I had been taught how to learn and how to use my brain then I would have had a much better and easier time at school and university.



  1. I am am elementary education student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. I find your thought on mind mapping interesting. I had not before considered the fact the we teach, but we do not teach how to learn. I would like to look into this more. It sounds very interesting.

    Comment by Traci Stevens — April 7, 2009 @ 1:13 am

  2. Traci, Thank you for your message. It is truely amazing that we as professional educators and those who train and trained us don’t realise that we are not teaching people how to learn. It is wonderful when you see someone who has struggle change completely when the struggle is removed for them. Its like throwing a drowning person as lifeline!
    Let me know if there is anything that I can help with. Tim

    Comment by Editor — April 7, 2009 @ 6:11 am

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