Concept Maps: What a concept!

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

As a former engineer, of the electrical / electronics type (BSEE), and an MBA grad (finance and marketing), I have an affinity for diagrams, especially those with boxes, circles, arrows, and cogent text conveying nearly the “1,000 words” equivalent of a picture, maybe even more.  So when my C&I (curriculum and instruction) prof led a recent class on concept maps, I was engrossed in the activity, and sold on the possibilities to use them in classrooms as tools with which students could relate the multitude of concepts tossed at them within a course.

A quick google of “concept map” took me to Wikipedia’s site which works fine for me as general background, and tutorial.  So for further details, check out their site.  Here’s a brief excerpt from that site.

concept map is a diagram showing the relationships among concepts. They are graphical tools for organizing and representing 

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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