I’m writing up some research about students using concept maps in schools and how many students value their concept maps when doing assignments. With encouragement, students can be taught to make extensive use of their concept map (or mind map) i.e. not just to identify keywords for information retrieval but to help students think about how they might structure an essay or report. Concept maps can also be used to help students understand concepts and many science teachers, for example, find them helpful. If you want to increase your knowledge about concept maps then I would point you to a study by Novak and Canas. It’s fairly long but you can dip into it and gain some very good insights into how you might use concept maps with your students in the classroom or in the library.
The snowdrops have been out for a while now here in Dunbar and they are lasting longer this year because of the cold weather. There is always a great display of snowdrops at the local farm of Pitcox. The photo below shows the snowdrops in the garden of the ‘big house’ i.e. where the farm owner stays. Snowdrops, my web research tells me have the Latin name Galanthus Rivalis meaning a milk white flower resembling snow, but should not be brought indoors as this is bad luck – like putting new shoes on the table, I suppose.