Teaching Tip: Brainstorming
Brainstorming is an effective technique for stimulating creative thinking in your classes. Here are some guidelines for using brainstorming.
- Identify a problem (e.g., what can we do about global warming?) or a situation (e.g., what would happen if there were no traffic laws?).
- Keep the brainstorming session short - no more than a few minutes.
- Have students generate as many ideas as possible. Write the ideas on the chalkboard or appoint a student to write them on a large sheet of paper.
- Make it fun. Encourage "out of the box" ideas.
- Have students build on the ideas of other students.
- End the brainstorming session by having students evaluate and select the best ideas. Have students write these best ideas in their notebooks.