Brainstorming

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.

Brainstorming Web

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Links to Brainstorming Sites:

Brainstorming Web
http://www.graphic.org/brainst.html

Brainstorm Graphic Organizers
http://writedesignonline.com/organizers/brainstorm.html#web

Instructional Strategies Online: Brainstorming

http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/brainstorming/index.html

Brainstorming for the Kinesthetic Learner
http://www.as.wvu.edu/english/writing_center/Brainstorming%20Strategies%20for%20Kinesthetic%20Learners.doc

    

     

Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
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