Call for D*I*Y Education Pack Ideas
Douglas Johnston on A Million Monkeys typing has decided to prepare a follow up to the remarquable "D*I*Y" Planner 2, which would be a D*I*Y Education Pack and launched a call for ideas. What a superb initiative!
Two things immediately spring to mind. The first idea would be a template of a mind map with the famous 7 questions, that one can ask about any topic: how, when, why, who, where, what, how many. I have used them in my teaching to very good effects. They are also very useful to help students revising. Here is an example of a such a mind map, I have recently prepared for my French History and Contemporary Students, using the Cmap software. This was meant as an illustration of the sort of things they could do to revise before the exam. It is unfortunately in French.
Another template could be one based on what Louis Timbal-Duclaux suggests in his book La prise de notes efficace, Paris : Retz, 1988. That is to process any topic or issue, by problematizing it using the framework Situation-problem-solution-information. In French this is SPRI (Situation, Probléme, Résolution, Informations) and is meant to be pronounced S-PRI, in order to sound like Esprit, the word for mind. Follows a SPRI mind map on the same topic:
The second idea would be an essay writing template. Indicating what is expected and helping students structuring their essays.