It is rare that one gets to do what one loves and that it is loved by others and that it is abundantly rewarded.
Firstly, I loved the idea of The Really Free School: A self-organising collective of people who take-over otherwise unused properties (within strict, ethical guidelines) for limited and unspecified durations for the purposes of hosting educational activities.
Although the venues change, the school maintains a consistent identity.
The ‘official’ session was engaging and interactive and we were able to cover alot of ground in a short time. Whilst packing-up, a number of students for the French literature class began arriving. They were curious about the remnants of our mindmapping session and, before I knew it, we were in the middle of another, impromptu mindmapping training session!
I had to apologise to the French teacher who I found in another part of the building, wondering where his students were.
A couple of nice quotes from the participants:
“the session was very enjoyable and well planned into timed parts of active learning and parts of context/explanations/examples…. i came with some knowledge of the mindmapping technique anyway, but attending the session gave me more confidence in its usefulness as part of a range of note-taking/idea-generating tool…. you were well organised with resources and material, and i never saw anyone with so many pens for people to use…” – Kevin Molin, Teacher.
“Really enjoyed your session and am quite sold on mind mapping.
Many thx for the Freeschool mindmapping ‘lesson’, inspirational” – Fiddian Warman Director, Soda