Brainstorming Dos in the Classroom

Adapted from Dr. Roger Taylor

Brainstorming

 

Brainstorm all of the _________________________________.

Brainstorm as many __________________ as you can think of.

How many ways can you come up with __________________?

 

 

This type of question asks for the generation of large number of responses and helps to develop fluent thinking. Maintain these basic rules to insure freedom of expression.

  1. No criticism of ideas (verbal or otherwise)
  2. Quantity over quality. The more the merrier.
  3. Get Creative! Strive for wild and far out ideas.
  4. Give it time. Maintain the process for long enough to produce a large quantity of ideas.

Use the quantity model beyond the first rush of ideas. Long periods of silence do not indicate that the thinking has stopped. The most productive ideas come after the initial burst, so allow enough time for the second burst of ideas, or third,…or more!

Sounds you hear when… Things made more beautiful by age Morning things
Words that begin with… Things that are lighter than a penny Sour things
Things that reflect Things that crumple in your hand Purple things
Things you like to touch Things that harmonize Mysterious things
Colour names Magnetic things Heavy things
Things that reflect Types of jobs Joyous things
Things your can’t see Things that are more beautiful at night Powerful words
Ways of travelling Things you say with your hands Dangerous words
Types of relationships Things you can communicate with your eyes only Feelings
     

Examples of Brainstorming questions in

Social Studies

  • Types of jobs
  • Ways of travelling
  • People in power
  • Voices not heard
  • Connections to the present
  • Ways life is different now

Science

  • Types of reactions/interactions
  • Other uses of ___________
  • Similar to…
  • Ways to mess up an experiment
  • Types of bias
  • How life would be different if

Language

  • Connections to self, school, other literary works, the world
  • Similar settings
  • Other places the story could take place
  • Different endings to
  • Lessons learned

 

YouCubed – Math by Jo Boaler

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Math Teachers – you must check out Jo Boaler’s YouCubed website.

“Our main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.”

We know from research how to teach math well and how to bring about high levels of student engagement and achievement but research has not previously been made accessible to teachers. All students can learn mathematics to high levels and teaching that is based upon this principle dramatically increases students’ mathematics achievement. The need to make research widely available is particularly pressing now as new science on the brain and learning is giving important insights into mathematics learning.

Mathematics is often the reason that students leave STEM, particularly girls and some students of color. We aim to change this by communicating the sources of math inequality in the US and by teaching the classroom methods that are needed for 21st century learning.  By providing research based teaching methods, math tasks, videos, and ideas we intend to significantly reduce math failure and inequality in the United States and beyond, inspiring teachers and empowering all students to success.

Check out “What is number sense” to start.

So many great resources including a week of inspiration (see below)

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PIXTON Comics for Ontario Schools (like BitStrips)

The Ministry is pleased to announce that Pixton Comics has been licensed for use by all publicly funded schools across the province. Similar to Bitstrips, Pixton is an online comic creation tool that serves as a digital storytelling tool for students.

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Highlights

  • Students and teachers can make comic strips, storyboards, character maps, and more.
  • Presets include 3000 backgrounds, 2000 props, 700 characters, 300 poses and expressions.
  • Teachers can access a library of lesson plans and activity templates for all subject areas.

Access*

Go to Pixton.com/on (English) or Pixton.com/on/fr (French) for an overview. To register, click “Try Pixton Now” and follow the onscreen instructions.

Student Accounts

You can add your students by one of two methods:

  1. Input a list of usernames and passwords. The “auto-complete” function makes username and password generation quick and easy.
  2. Share your group-specific Activation Link with students. Students choose their own usernames and passwords.

Support

Click the (?) button at the bottom right corner of Pixton to open the Help Centre.

† CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN THE ENGLISH VERSION ONLY.
* IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A PIXTON ACCOUNT THAT’S LINKED TO YOUR OFFICIAL EMAIL ADDRESS, SIMPLY LOG INTO IT AND YOU (AND ANY ACTIVE STUDENTS) WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ADDED TO THE ONTARIO LICENSE. IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY PAYING FOR PIXTON, YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION BEFORE YOU CAN JOIN THE ONTARIO LICENSE. INTEGRATION WITH D2L IS COMING SOON.