An activity that can be used to get groups talking and to get the creative juices flowing is to provide a list (content-focused or not) and
Creating your own lists for the group or having the group create the list can focus members on one or more topics. If your purpose is community-building, you can find lists that will evoke humor and some debate in books (Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and The Book of Lists are natural choices.) or on many websites.
Humor with a point.
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
Adapted from http://www.commonplacebook.com/jokes/why_did_the_chi.shtm
Top Ten Lists
Many topics have ranked lists. In cases where the data determines the ranking, discussions of reasons for the rankings or of changes over time can be enlightening. In cases where the ranking is determined by expert opinion or polls, discussions of reasons for the determinations and whether or not the group agrees can be interesting.
TIME Magazine's 25 Top Ten Lists
The People's Priorities: Gallup's Top 10
College of Arts and Humanities
These Headlines are not just for Journalists; all writers can learn from them: http://commonplacebook.com/jokes/funny-lists/actual_news_hea/
The Writing Teacher's Book of Lists with Ready-to-Use Activities and Worksheets, 2nd Edition by Gary Robert Muschla
Your course content might not include mechanics, but you might wish to review and reinforce good practices using some of the lists in this book. (Example: One Minute Paper: Give the group a list of words and ask them to identify one or more synonyms or antonyms for each. Nice warm up activity.)
Top 10 Significant Presidential Elections in American History ' About.com http://americanhistory.about.com/od/elections/tp/topelections.htm
College of Business
Seventeen Things I Believe
Bob Sutton, Stanford Professor and Author
In left side bar of http://bobsutton.typepad.com
College of Health and Public Affairs
Men's top 10 health threats: Mostly preventable ' Mayo Clinic
The Top Ten Reasons for Soaring Health-Care Costs by Charles Wheelan, Ph.D.
College of Sciences
United States Geological Survey Earthquake Top 10 Lists
College of Nursing My teaching philosophy is to inspire lifelong learning by impressing upon my students inquisitiveness, creative thinking, and importance of critically evaluating information. I respect the student as a customer receiving a service, but also as a future colleague to my profession. Nursing is a profession, ...
College of Computer Science and Engineering The ultimate goal of any educator should be to enable his students to achieve their potential. I attempt to attain this goal through five major techniques: providing a friendly classroom atmosphere, giving challenging assignments, adapting my courses, collecting data to identify the techniques that are most effect...
College of Engineering and Computer Science A "teaching philosophy" is a set of general principles used to guide practice. Mine is mostly second hand; some of it is gained by the many good teachers that I encountered in my education and some of it shaped by the insistent and critical students I have taught since first entering a college classroom as an ...