Brainstorming Relay

I was doing a little research the other day for ideas on how to teach brainstorming, and came across this article by Jim Flowers on, “Five Brainstorming Structures.” I generally vary brainstorming structures in my class from individual to partner to group, but I hadn’t seen the idea of a Brainstorming Relay until now.  It would be too much pressure for rookie brainstormers, but I like the idea of adding a bit of team competition to see which group can get the most ideas in a timed session.  Some students have a hard time understanding that quantity is more important than worrying about quality when they brainstorm and “braindrizzle” because they are so worried about coming up with good ideas.  This might be a fun way to practice getting some more fluency when they ideate.

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