Many Japanese speak English. But they do not think our thoughts. They worship at other shrines; profess another creed; observe a different code. They can no more be moved by Christian pacifism than wolves by the bleating of sheep. We have to deal with a people whose values are in many respects altogether different from our own.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

The Mission of Japan, 1937


Step out of one activity by apparently having a sudden great idea. Physically demonstrate an "a ha!" moment. Do a new activity and then when it is over suddenly remember to return to the original activity and pick up where you left off.


There are lots of uses for this technique. Sometimes when introducing a new concept time is required before the idea clicks. Switching to another activity in this way allows one to give time without anyone thinking you are giving up or the idea is too difficult to get.

A Brainwave can also help you to change the energy level of a class by allowing an immediate switch of activities. It can also help you to introduce an idea in a variety of ways.

It can also be used to regain focus for a group.


You can have a brainwave while doing any kind of activity. It can even be used to break reading a story. Ideally there should be some kind of connection between the point at which you have a brainswave and the new activity. but it is not essential.

It is important that the brainwave is obvious, otherwise the change of activities might be confusing. Accordingly it is useful and fun to develop a complete performance. For example, click fingers, tap forehead with index finger, gradually smile, talk to oneself and so on.