We’ve all been in brainstorming sessions at inservices. Having read Susan Cain’s Quiet, I finally understood why those sessions didn’t work for me. She alludes to ways to help mixed groups work together, and I just ran across another source that suggests how to combine group and individual work. While it wouldn’t necessarily work in a beginning language class, it might just help improve our lives in teacher groups.
Annie Sneed reports on research by a team led by Paul Paulus, in which group brainwriting generated more ideas than either individual brainstorming or spoken brainstorming.