The Idea Sprint is a fantastic way to either review topics you've already covered or brainstorm what learners know about a new topic, while offering some energizing fun.
What you need…
You need something learners can write on. A white board is fine, but flip charts where each team can’t see the others’ work are better. Each team needs a marker to write with.How to…
- Divide the class into teams.
- Give them a topic.
- They will have 30 seconds (or more) to brainstorm and list as many ideas as they can.
- Remind them they cannot speak.
- Every learner writes ideas on the board.
- The team with the most ideas after the given time wins.
- Get the winning team to present their ideas.
- Ask remaining teams to add extra ideas and/or correct any mistakes the winning team made.
Write an example on the board to show what you’re looking for.
Try to plan the activity so the ideas they came up with lead in to the main part of the lesson.
Learners are up and moving around, so this is a natural energizer.
Possible follow ups…
Ask if the learners liked working in groups. This will help you understand the dynamics of the class and enable you to plan group work in the future.
- How would you adapt this?
- Are there any age groups you’d use this with specifically?
- How would you set up the activity differently?
- Teaching resources
- Teacher development
- Teacher training