Brainstorming is a strategy to activate prior knowledge by encouraging students to focus on a topic. The teacher begins by posing a question or introducing a topic. Students give all possible answers, words, or ideas. Contributions are made without criticism or judgment. This strategy encourages students to take risks in sharing their ideas and opinions. Students build their knowledge on each other’s contributions.
Links to Brainstorming Sites:
Brainstorm Graphic Organizers
Instructional Strategies Online: Brainstorming
Brainstorming for the Kinesthetic Learner