There are four basic rules to brainstorming:
- Focus on quantity – the greater number of ideas produced generates a greater chance of producing an effective solution.
- Withhold criticism – focus on extending ideas and suspending judgment.
- Welcome unusual ideas – help students to look at ideas from different perspectives and not make assumptions.
- Combine and improve ideas – help students to combine ideas to form a single better idea.
- Once all brainstormed ideas have been written down students will move to mind mapping. At this point students should begin identifying relationships between the ideas and key points by drawing lines, arrows, or using colors.
- Students should begin finding contrasts/similarities, cause/effect relationships. These ideas can be written down beside the linking lines.
- Students will use the map to arrange all the items into a logical order.
- Slick Plan – create sitemaps and flow charts
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