Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming When Should I BREAK a Rule

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 rules, but specifically about when NOT to follow a rule. We all know that sometimes it is better to break a rule than blindly follow it, but when, and why. This activity will help learners discuss when a rule should be broken. This includes a creative example to inspire some very creative thinking.

How To:

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