Generate, Sort, Synthesize
Making Connections, Generating and Sharing Ideas, Supporting Thinking
This multi-step process supports learners in exploring relationships between key ideas so they can organize them and identify big ideas.
- Given a focus or topic, individuals record one idea per sticky note or index card. Individuals should aim for 3-5 ideas that relate to the topic.
- Individuals share their ideas with their table groups using the round-robin sharing process.
- Group members look for relationships between their ideas and sort them into clusters.
- Group members create labels for their clusters.
- Group members create a synthesizing statement that incorporates the key ideas from the clusters they created.
- Groups share their synthesis statements to the room.
- Sticky notes or index cards
- Chart paper
Adapted from: Lipton, L., & Wellman, B. (2011). Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning. Charlotte, VT: MiraVia, LLC.