Using Concept Maps for Differentiated Instruction

Using Concept Maps for Differentiated Instruction
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  • 0:04 Defining Concept Maps
  • 0:48 Why Use Concept Maps?
  • 1:21 Concept Maps And…
  • 2:36 Using A Concept Map
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teachers use many tools, including concept maps, to differentiate instruction so that all students succeed and learn. This lesson explains what concept maps are, why they should be used, and how to use them in a classroom setting.

Defining Concept Maps

When was the last time you were overwhelmed by new information? Maybe you were taking classes and a teacher presented new concepts in a challenging way, or maybe you attended a meeting and became confused and overwhelmed with information. A tool that would have helped you increase understanding is a concept map.

Concept maps are great organizational tools that help you understand new ideas. Used as a graphic organizer, the concept map puts concepts into categories and visual spaces that make them more easily identifiable and definable. Because using concept maps requires students to group and extend ideas, these tools encourage valuable questioning techniques. For example, a student studying insects may ask what type it is, what it looks like, and where it lives.

Why Use Concept Maps?

Why use concept maps? For starters, they're great tools to help all students, regardless of ability level, to organize information. The way a concept map is designed allows for the clear flow of information. No need to worry about facts getting buried in notes. They also help students see the connections between ideas, like the different places insects can live. They also naturally separate the main idea (insect homes) from details (such as trees or nests). Lastly, concept maps are a simple tool that can be adapted to almost any topic.

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