The activity is a brisk exchange of thoughts and ideas leading to a joint solution. The students discuss without the teacher meddling, that is in a safe environment open for a free exchange of thoughts and ideas.
The students are introduced to a discussion topic, a problem or a dilemma – in writing. (1-2 minutes.)
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. The students are not supposed to talk in this part of the exercise, 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 minutes.)
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 minutes.)
The group prepares a joint answer and publishes it on Padlet or a Google Docs (5-10 minutes.)
All groups see one another’s answers, and the teacher wraps up. (5-10 minutes)
The answers can be disseminated amongst the students and used in the following classes.