A mind map (a graphic organizer) that allows you to organize and present your knowledge of theories and collaborative team work.

As a professional educator, you are aware of both the time and emotional investment required to build effective relationships. Relationship building is a powerful process, and knowledge sharing is one of the key elements that fuels its development. In preparation for your assessment, begin to think about which stakeholders it would be important to forge relationships with for the improvement of curriculum and instruction in your local setting.

Professional learning communities (PLCs) have become widespread as dynamic structures that offer meaningful practices to foster the self-efficacy of teachers and administrators with the goal of augmenting student achievement. Think about the applicability of a PLC in your local setting. If you are currently a member of a PLC, reflect on how the collaboration of educators in curriculum and instruction may improve learning.

In this assessment, you will create a mind map to demonstrate your understanding of theories and collaborative teamwork in curriculum design and improvement. By viewing the final map, the reader will be able to determine the similarities, strengths, and weaknesses of the identified theories.

In addition, the connections and relationships to collaborative teamwork and the collaborative practices for your educational setting will be evident. A mind map is also a tool you can use with your own students to assess their understanding of content relationships.

A mind map is a graphic organizer to help organize and present knowledge of the theories and research-based strategies for collaborative team work. Mind maps are not flow charts and they are not linear, with one concept following another. Rather, they give a visual depiction of your knowledge about the connections and relationships among theories, collaborative team work, and collaborative practices for your own educational setting.

Mind maps help you clarify your thinking and even allow you to brainstorm ideas until you can organize your knowledge and demonstrate that knowledge by connecting ideas.

You are required to use a mind mapping tool for this assessment, but the choice of tool is up to you. Below are some recommendations:


The mind map must contain a central idea in the middle—in this case, a thesis statement. The following list is not exhaustive of what your mind map might contain, but these items must be on the map with the relationships and connections to each other evident and explained. Other topics may be included. Let your mind go free and show all of your knowledge. Add as many nodes as relationships you find. You should not have only three on the map.

  • A thesis statement on collaborative skills in curriculum.
  • Relationships between theories of effective collaboration and effective group practices.
  • Relationships between effective group practices and collaborative curriculum design.
  • Relationships between effective group practices and your educational setting.
  • Differences and similarities of theories of collaboration, effective group practices, and curriculum design.

Resources: Mind Mapping

Resources: Collaboration

Resources: Professional Learning Communities