Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming When I DISLIKE listening to a Music Genre

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 music that students like. Students are asked to think about what may make them dislike listening to this music. For example, many students enjoy classical music, but may not enjoy it when studying because it makes them sleepy. There are lots of times when we may NOT want to listen to a certain type of music. This will help students explore what can happen and talk about why.

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