June 9, 2012

Brainstorming

When you divide students into small groups (or discuss as a whole group) as in the Getting Started and Out of the Story sections of this lesson, be sure to review the rules of brainstorming with them. Remind them that the goal is to generate lots of ideas, and not to “shoot down” their own or other people’s ideas. Comments such as “that’s a stupid idea” or “that’s wrong” should be banned; people should feel safe saying whatever pops into their heads. In discussion time afterwards, you as the teacher may gently and tactfully suggest which answers are more helpful and which are closer to the meaning of the Bible text. But students should always feel that during a brainstorming discussion they are safe to say what they think without fear of being criticized or told to be quiet.