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This brainstorming strategy helps students think outside the box when generating an innovative solution to a problem or designing and building a prototype. In it, students will work together to push their peers’ thinking by applying unrelated terms to an assigned context and task.

Description

This 2 page strategy supports students in brainstorming an innovative idea. 8 steps for taking students through a brainstorming process are included. Extension ideas are provided and aligned to the following standards:

NGSS MS-LS4, MS-ETS1

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.3

Additional information

7-9

7-9

10-12

10-12

Foundational Strategies

Foundational Strategies

Design Thinking & Maker

Design Thinking & Maker

Student Collaboration

Student Collaboration

Adventurous

Adventurous

Collaborative

Collaborative

Additional Information

Deeper Learning Competency Spotlight
Master core academic content (g)
Think critically and solve complex problems (h) Work collaboratively (a, d)
Develop academic mindsets (c)

Target Audience
Grades: 9–12
Content areas: All

The What
This brainstorming strategy helps students think outside the box when generating an innovative solution to a problem or designing and building a prototype. In it, students will work together to push their peers’ thinking by applying unrelated terms to an assigned context and task.

Note: This strategy aligns nicely with the middle stage of Design Thinking, when students are brainstorming ideas and beginning to map out how they will design what they are building/creating.

The Why
Thinking like an innovator does not come naturally to most students. Students tend to be programmed to believe there is one correct, pre-determined answer. Therefore, when asked to create something that does not yet exist, they tend to experience some dissonance, and perhaps even discomfort. This strategy establishes that there is no one right way to go about the challenge with which students have been presented, and helps create a culture in which big, wild ideas are welcome!

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