Some Guidelines for practicing fluency:
- Write down your ideas as you come up with them.
- Lists are great, but a web/map format can also work.
- Write fast, idea, after idea, after idea.
- Fluency is about generating ideas, not about evaluating them. An idea that seems stupid could contain the seed of something worthwhile.
- Working in a group can be valuable as people often springboard off of other people's ideas.
Some ideas for practicing fluency with children:
- Generate many different uses for common items such as a pencil, ruler, or paper-towel tube.
- Generate synonyms for common words or phrases such as "good job"
- Generate many different ways to arrange the desks in the classroom (draw pictures).
- Generate names for a classroom pet, team, or alternative titles to a book
- Generate ideas for a class party
- Generate questions about a given topic. This works well at the start of a social studies or science unit.
- Generate solutions to a reoccurring classroom problem. For example, the noise level is too high during work times or students are feeling that they are not treated fairly during foursquare games at recess.
- Generate solutions to a regional or world issue such as poverty or global warming.
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