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Helpful Hints for Brainstorming

Why brainstorming?

  • It helps you identify and narrow ideas for topics.
  • It promotes creativity.
  • It draws out the participation of all the team members or a whole class.

Team PhotoBrainstorm ideas and decide which community issues to begin investigating. Community issues can deal with just about anything that affects people's daily lives. What issues are important to you? Are these issues important to other people too? Make sure you're looking at all sides of an issue. You may want to talk to your family, friends, teachers or others about how the issue affects them. After you've looked at different issues, choose one that you want to address.

Things to remember during a brainstorming session:

  • Only one person speak at a time.
  • Remember that arguments waste time and are counter-productive.
  • All ideas are worth hearing.
  • Try to think beyond the obvious.
  • What issues are important to you?
  • Are these issues important to other people too?
  • Talk to your family, friends, teachers and others about how the issue effects them.
  • Make sure you're looking at all sides of an issue.
  • Conduct more in-depth discussions on the most promising ideas.
  • Keep a running list of ideas and then eliminate ideas the group decides are not useful.