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Mindmup, Messiness, and Mastery


mindmup of TotS

PDF of TotS Mindmup

Using Mindmup helps me contain my creative ideas and reign in the mess that’s in my mind as I plan. I mindmap with my students as we write, so I naturally felt the urge to use the process in my planning. I’m sure over my nearly three decades of teaching, I’ve mindmapped hundreds…well, maybe dozens…of plans.

Recently, I wanted to find a mindmapping tool which I could access online as well as offline. After a simple Google search, I discovered Mindmup. If I recall correctly, it was the first hit in a long string of possibilities. So far Mindmup has served my purposes well.

One thing I know about myself is that I am a planner. I love to plan anything: vacations, Christmas, lessons, my birthday party (yes, that really happened, embarrassingly enough…rough patches in life make people do crazy things!)

Conversely, when it comes to carrying through on my plans, if I don’t have written evidence, I’m screwed. Loose papers of mindmaps do me no good when I can’t remember where I placed them. Enter Mindmup—an online, free (you can purchase an amped-up version, but the free version is working fine for me at this point) program that has helped me document my thinking.

I’ve inserted a picture of a Mindmup I’m working on currently regarding the teaching of Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. As I researched various avenues to travel in teaching this play to my students, the information became unwieldy, in fact, enormous. I had to have a process of taming me before I became a shrew.

Fortunately, Mindmup fit my needs. If you choose to use Mindmup and need some pointers (believe me, it’s really easy—you probably will catch on quickly!), email me, and I’ll be happy to help.