Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming How NOT to cook my favorite foods

By saradavila  

This is a series of classroom activities designed to improve communication while developing creative thinking.

Creative thinking techniques encourage students to think in new and interesting ways to solve problems and address a variety of situations. These creative thinking techniques can help your learners find new ways in which to use or review language.

The approach used in this lesson is called the Reverse Brainstorming. Reverse brainstorming has learners think about the opposite of things related to a given topic. For example if students are asked to brainstorm about school they may list things like teachers, friends, classes. In a reverse brainstorm they would list, playing, being with friends, watching t.v., items that are the reverse of school. The idea is to go in an opposite direction with a known topic. I think you will find this can inspire a lot of creativity in the classroom.

To structure this I have included a detailed how to for using reverse brainstorming with examples, and a worksheet to structure the discussion.

This reverse brainstorming activity is about what not to do when making food. So rather than giving instructions on exact step by steps, students think about things you should not do when making the food. This can be expanded into an interesting role play that contrast how to, with how not to.

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