Brainstorming is a large or small group activity that encourages students to focus on a topic and contribute to the free flow of ideas.
- The instructor may begin a brainstorming session by posing a question or a problem, or by introducing a topic.
- Students then express possible answers, relevant words and ideas.
- Contributions are accepted without criticism or judgement and usually summarised on a whiteboard by the instructor or a student scribe as the ideas are called out.
- These ideas are then examined, usually in a open class Discussion format.
Watch a 3:35 minute video to learn 6 creative ways to brainstorm fresh ideas with a group.
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