Mind-mapping and Mural Activity (individual activity)
- Mural paper
- Arts and crafts materials i.e. markers, pastels, construction paper, magazines/newspapers, string, glitter, feathers, etc.
My Life and Math
What do you do?
- Ask learner to think about math experiences in his/her own daily life situations, past and present.
Prompts to begin the process:Who, What, When, Where, How and Why
- Together record the responses in a web/map format. Ask the learner to print their name in the centre circle of the web.
- Ask learner to reflect on the mind-map that has been created.
- Invite the learner to put together an art piece (mural) depicting the math experiences expressed on the mind-map.
Some prompts for learner:
What was the experience? (doing - action)
What was helpful or positive and what was challenging or difficult about the experience? (being - feelings, emotions)
What did you come away with?
Do you see any changes? (knowing - learnings)
- Encourage use of a variety of different arts and crafts materials provided and expressing the experiences in words, drawings, symbols, etc.
- Can hang in learning area or learner can take away.
This type of activity draws on many aspects of life and learning. It becomes a way for a learner to look at math in a different way. It promotes greater self-awareness in reflecting on math experiences. And it provides another way for practitioners to get to know a learner better.