Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I love when trees and flowers start to show their colors brightening the days and moods of people abound. Spring is a time of rejuvenation. It is also the perfect time to bring some element of novelty to the classroom and to teacher training sessions.
In searching for a way to bring novelty into a recent teacher team meeting, I modified the Color Question Brainstorming described in Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning by Laura Lipton and Bruce Wellman. In my version of the activity, I started off by asking the team a thought-provoking question or them to reflect on by completing a think-write-pair-share activity. The purpose is for the participants thinking about a topic in a way that reduces judgment and opens thinking. Rather than ending the conversation at this point, the team is divided into teams of 2-4 with each team given a color: Green, Red, or Blue.
In three locations in the meeting space, a poster is hung where participants will generate questions.
Green Questions: Imagination, Ingenuity, Possibility...