It works like this:
1. Using a white (or chalk) board, or a mural size paper, write a few "big ideas." The last time we used the activity, our topics were Alienation and Inequality.
2. Students must remain absolutely silent. The free write their ideas around the big ideas on the board. I encourage the students to circle ideas and connect them to other ideas where relevant.
4. Finally, we use the notes as a springboard for our discussions, especially noting the connections made. For more information on this activity, click here.