Reverse Brainstorming – A Creative Thinking and Discussion Technique

Sometimes the best conversations are not about directly discussing something, but rather, expressing when you disagree, dislike, or can’t do something. The purpose of these reverse brainstorming activities is to drive conversation in EFL/ESL classrooms by thinking about familiar topics in a different way.

If you have ever been in the kitchen when someone is trying to cook your favorite food, you know how easy it is to be vocal about what is going wrong. The same is true when you have to dress up for a party when you’re rather be wearing your favorite sweater.

These tactics are designed to use creative thinking to drive deep, meaningful conversation, and hopefully, create raucous fun in the classroom.

These worksheets can be used with young and adult learners, and are suitable for a range of language ability. I’ve created a mix of beginner and more intermediate level worksheets. A How To is included to help you create a lesson plan to incorporate reverse brainstorming in your classroom.

  • Reverse Brainstorming: When NOT to use certain types of transportation 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 ...
  • Reverse Brainstorming: When I should NOT use my technology 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 ...
  • Reverse Brainstorming: When I should NOT complain 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 ...
  • Reverse Brainstorming: I like soccer, but I DON’T like it when… 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 ...
  • Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming When I DISLIKE listening to a Music Genre 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 ...
  • Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming When I DON’T follow my Routines 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 ...
  • Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming When Should I BREAK a Rule 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 ...
  • Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming When Healthy Habits Become Dangerous 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 ...
  • Creative Thinking: Reverse Brainstorming How NOT to cook my favorite foods 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 ...