The activity is a brisk exchange of thoughts and ideas leading to a joint solution. The students discuss without the teacher meddling - in a safe environment open for a free exchange of thoughts and ideas, that is.
The students are introduced to a discussion topic, a problem, or a dilemma – preferably, in writing. (1-2 min.)
The students work in groups of 3-5 persons.
The students write down their spontaneous thoughts and ideas on Post-It notes or in a Padlet. (5 min.) In this part of the exercise, the students are not supposed to talk, but have to think and work on their own. All thoughts and ideas are welcome.
The Post-It notes are placed on a wall or on a table. (5 min.)
The group goes through all Post-It notes: Duplicates are discarded, and the remaining Post-It notes are put under suitable headlines.
In this part of the process, new ideas may pop up and input already given can be adjusted. (10 min.)
The group prepares a joint answer and publishes it on new Padlet or in a Google Docs(5-10 min.)
All groups see one another’s answers, and the teacher wraps up. (5-10 min.)
The answers can be disseminated amongst the students and used in the following classes.