This activity can be used as a starter activity before setting out on work around a theme. It can also be used to assess learning if repeated at different stages of a project.

Students are invited to respond to a stimulus. This can be a word, phrase, question, an image, newspaper headline, cartoon, artefact, book... anything that students can respond to.

Pupils at Colton Hills Community School
In a class situation, 6/7 items are placed on tables around the room. Each is placed in the middle of a piece of flipchart paper.

Students are invited to write down comments or questions in response to the stimulus, and in response to each other’s comments. They do this silently, and are free to move around the room and respond to any of the items.

The activity is an effective way of engaging those students who are less confident in discussions and the silent nature provides valuable ‘thinking space’.