Learners work in groups to generate ideas in response to prompts and then build on the ideas of other groups.
- Form groups of four to five. Each group chooses a recorder.
- Start each group at a different chart paper labelled with the categories/topics/questions.
- Round 1: Read the prompt. Brainstorm and record ideas for the category/topic/question at your home chart.
- Round 2: Rotate to a new chart station. Review ideas listed on chart; brainstorm and add additional new ideas.
- Repeat process until you return to your home chart.
- Final Round – Review information added to your home chart, identify key information, and prepare any questions as appropriate.
- Large group sharing:
- Share key ideas recorded by all groups on their charts.
- Ask questions about information that was added by other groups.
- Share what they noticed as they rotated through the stations.
Prepare chart papers labelled with the categories/topics/questions.
You can use sticky notes instead of writing directly onto the chart paper with one recorder, allowing everyone to contribute equally.
Use one colour of marker for each group – the marker travels with the group to each chart station to identify the ideas shared by each group.
Adapted from: Lipton, L., & Wellman, B. (2011). Groups at work: Strategies and structures for professional learning (p. 57). MiraVia.