In mind mapping you need trees, arrows, branches, possibilities, colors and words. My way of doing it is more like “throw words of a sheet of paper” and, from each word, extend. Other words, cousins, lexical field games. I found my French Toolbox like that, with the complement : dials, tools, levers (watch, use, act). I lost the “thief” idea (all these tools I write here come from books, articles, other people stories, experiences, concepts I pecked everywhere… including my own old French homepage).
Observation & Appropriation. Gathering ideas, then explain each one as a simple tool for the mind.
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