- Brainstorming is an activity used to generate ideas in small groups.
- The purpose is to generate as many ideas as possible within a specified time period.
- These ideas are not evaluated until the end and a wide range of ideas is often produced.
- Each idea produced does not need to be usable.
- Instead, initial ideas can be viewed as a starting point for more workable ideas.
- The principle of brainstorming is that you need lots of ideas to get good ideas.
What is new then about the strategy of “Brainstorming” as we all know it?
Our school has developed the brainstorming strategy to engage the family with the learner in the search for new information and ideas associated with the elements of the new lesson using a variety of sources, including the Egyptian Knowledge Bank and the Digital Library.
- A special template for that strategy has been prepared and placed in the worksheets prior to the new lesson, identifying the elements of the new lesson which the learner must look for new ideas associated with, in cooperation with his family members.
- Students who come up with distinct ideas as well as his family members who cooperated with them are honoured.
- This positive interaction affects the final ranking of the students in the ceremonies of honouring the top students.
Objectives of brainstorming:
Benefits and advantages of brainstorming:
- Flexibility in thinking and acceptance of renewal and development
- Getting used to respecting others’ opinions
- Innovation and creativity in generating ideas
- Being careful in taking decisions
- A motivating way to participate effectively
- Investing time efficiently and effectively
- Generating as many options, alternatives, ideas, information and questions as possible
Areas of using and benefitting from brainstorming in our daily life:
Conditions for successful brainstorming:
- The topic of discussion should be specific
- The issue or topic to be discussed is liable to have a diversity of views and differences
- Presenting the topic in an attractive and interesting way
- Postponing the judgement and evaluation of ideas to a later stage
- Writing down and respecting all ideas
- Accepting strange ideas that, at first glance, might seem ridiculous to us
- Distribution of roles to participants so that no participant or one person is allowed to control the session
- That the session prevails an atmosphere of fun and pleasure
- Avoiding and thoughts-killing phrases
Stages of brainstorming:
This method can be used in the second phase of the creative process, which consists of three basic stages:
- Problem identification (subject, problem, issue, objective)
- Finding ideas, or generating them (exciting)
- Finding the solution (responses, feedback and processing)
Basic rules of brainstorming: