A great teaching method that can encourage the entire class to participate is the use of brainstorming. Brainstorming can help students work together to expand their knowledge about a particular topic, or come up with many different ideas about what they can write about or even activities that they can do. There are a few things to keep in mind when using brainstorming as a teaching method to create class involvement.
1. There are no wrong answers
Students will feel much more confident about sharing their thoughts and ideas if all information shared is acceptable for the project. It encourages other students to contribute that may not have normally. As each student adds their thoughts, it will spark more and more ideas from others as they ponder about what has been presented previously.
2. Set a time limit
The best brainstorming sessions are created when there is a time limit. This helps get the mind churning as quickly as possible to come up with as many ideas as possible. It also will help those who are participating feel encouraged to help their fellow classmates come up with many ideas before the deadline passes. When there is not a time limit, the brainstorming can die down and lose the momentum it needs to keep everyone’s attention.
3. Be Prepared to Have Some Stimulating Ideas for the Group
Have some great ideas to get everyone else involved. If you start off with something intriguing, creative, or unexpected, it can help pull the entire class into the activity, and they are able to pull from their own knowledge and life experiences having had a foundation to work from.
When a class is struggling to use the principles involved in teamwork, you can help jumpstart the process by using brainstorming as a teaching method. Not only will they begin to work together towards a common goal, they will help each other expand their minds and create an enthusiastic atmosphere.