Students write their answers to a question on post-its and group similar answers together and/or assign them to categories.
- Small groups (3-10)
- 5-10 minutes
- 10-30 minutes
- Creative Thinking
When to use it?
- When you want to identify how well the students have grasped the topic in question.
- When you want the students to structure their knowledge or ideas.
- Choose a question or statement for which the students have to come up with ideas, solutions or answers.
- Collect enough post-its to give to your students.
- Make groups
Divide the students into pairs or small groups (or let them work individually).
- Hand out post-its
Give every student, pair or small group a few post-its.
- Pose a question or statement
Provide the students with a question or statement for which they have to come up with ideas, solutions or answers.
Let the students brainstorm and write their ideas, solutions or answers on the post-its.
- Group the post-its
Let the students group the post-its by topic, question, chronological order, etc.
End the activity with a 5-10 minute plenary session.
Tips for implementation & variation
- Online teaching: The subgroups can collaborate in breakout rooms and paste their post-its on the built-in whiteboard of the video lecture tool.
- As a teacher, you can walk around the classroom (offline) or you can visit the separate breakout rooms (online) to hear what the students are talking about and help them if necessary.