Colored flip chart markers also can be used for grouping participants. They provide a group identifier and, when ready to brainstorm, each person has a marker to write with on a flip chart. There are several ways to use markers to group participants. The first technique is to indicate groupings by placing a series of colored markers at participant locations. For example, start with red for the first person; then go around the room with blue, green, and black; and then start over with the same color pattern until each person has a marker. You could then either group all like colors together for an activity or state that they have "X" number of minutes to form groups, ensuring that all groups have a person with each color represented (e.g., one red, one blue, and so forth). Either way, you separate people who were sitting together and change the groupings.
A second use for markers is to simply put a letter or number on name tents or nametags (e.g., A-F or number 1-6) depending on the size of groups desired.
A third approach is to use various colored markers and put a colored dot in the upper corner of each person's name tent or nametag. For example, the first person gets a red dot, the second, a green, and so on until you have enough colors to meet your group size needs. You then repeat the pattern clockwise around the room until everyone has a colored dot. Colored adhesive dots available at office supply stores serve the same purpose.
PUTTING YOUR BRAIN TO WORK: ACTIVITY
What other creative ways can you think of to use markers to group participants? (Include techniques you have used or seen used.)_
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