This strategy helps students generate ideas in response to prompts and build on the ideas of others.
Why use it?
- To generate ideas.
- To synthesize learning.
- To discuss new ideas in small groups.
Tips for success
- If using chart paper, record categories, topics, or questions before beginning.
How do I use it?
- Form groups of four to five.
- Each group starts at a different chart paper labelled with the categories, topics, or questions. This is their group’s home chart station.
- Round 1: Read prompt and brainstorm ideas for the category/topic/question at your home chart. Recording all ideas that come to mind.
- Round 2: Rotate to a new chart station. Review ideas listed on the chart and brainstorm and add additional new ideas.
- Repeat the process until you return to your home chart.
- Final Round: Review information added to your home chart and synthesize key information.
- Once students have completed the final round, bring the class back together.
- Share key ideas recorded by all groups on their charts in a class discussion.
If you are in a virtual environment, you can use a digital whiteboard tool like Padlet or Jamboard.