A student that I had in my class about a year ago, Matthew, was very reluctant to do the assigned Idea mapping. He gave me a lot of grief as he felt he wasn’t learning anything from the exercise. When he returned for his second period training, he had a different instructor who didn’t use mapping but was familiar with my techniques. One day in class, he noticed my former student making an Idea map that he intended to give to his girlfriend/wife, I’m not sure, but it was for whoever had made his sandwich that day. The Idea map was apparently going to be a useful tool in making sure his sandwiches from now on were made correctly. I am unsure of how this Idea map was received, but I have a feeling, not well. In any case, I’m sure that Matthew, as reluctant as he was, is putting this Idea map to good use himself as he is probably now making his own sandwiches. Next Idea map Matthew? How about….. appropriate uses of Idea Mapping!