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Frequently Asked Questions

1. I've joined Thinking Classroom but haven't received any emails yet. What should I do?
2. How can I leave Thinking Classroom?
3. Why can't I download all the resources from the online magazine?
4. Why does it cost to download the resources?
5. Why do some resources appear in more than one place?
6. My Username is my email address! Help!
7. What age group are the Teacher Premium resources for?
8. How can I best view the Teachers' Toolbox starter images?

1. I've joined Thinking Classroom but haven't received any emails yet. What should I do?
Welcome, monthly and information emails are sent to you from info@thinkingclassroom.co.uk. Check your spambox for emails from this address to make sure they can get through. If you're using web-based mail then log into your account, set the spam filter a notch lower (if you can bear to) and flag info@thinkingclassroom.co.uk as an allowed address.

2. How can I leave Thinking Classroom?
If you want to stop receiving emails from Thinking Classroom, just log in and change your contact preferences. If you want to leave the website completely please send an email to info@thinkingclassroom that includes your username, the email you joined with and an instruction to 'remove from database thanks'

3. Why can't I download all the resources from the online magazine?
If you are a Standard Member of Thinking Classroom then you'll be able to read the article and download a new Thinking Skills Tool from each issue. This is the same as the monthly thinking tool that was made available from the old Thinking Classroom website. As a Standard Member you'll see Teacher Premium resources listed in the magazine without links. You'll need to upgrade to be a Teacher Premium Member to download these. This costs £24 for 12 issues and gives you access to everything in the magazine, but also the Teachers' Toolbox and all the Teacher Premium resources on site.

4. Why does it cost to download the resources?
There is much on the website that is free including the monthly Thinking Skills Tool. The Teacher Premium resources and features are provided for those of you who want more and the fee funds resource design and development.

5. Why do some resources appear in more than one place?
All the resources on Thinking Classroom are managed within a database. Each resource is categorised & tagged. If a resource is relevant to more than one area of the site then it will have more than one category - one for each place where it might be useful. For example, a new Thinking Story activity could be tagged for Thinking Skills and G&T depending on the activity. So if you happen to search for Thinking Stories, then Thinking Skills and then G&T, the same resource will appear (with others) each time.

6. My Username is my email address! Help!
A quirk of the old site meant that (unfortunately) some people had their email address as their username. When you first login to the site you should get the chance to change your username from your email address to something more suited to online display. Or you can change your username on the Your Account page. If you are unable to change your username from your email address, please get in touch: info@thinkingclassroom.co.uk

7. What age group are the Teacher Premium resources for?
The double-edged sword of most of my resources is that they are generic: they can be applied with different ages and in different curriculum areas, but that means you'll need to think about how to apply them. I don't believe in providing schemes and programmes because in my experience they disengage teachers from thinking about the design of learning. However, we all know time is a premium and building activities from scratch every lesson is just not feasible.

I try to strike a professional balance with my resources between giving you the basic idea with suggested applications but not telling you exactly how to use a resource in a specific context. Only you will know what works best in your classes.

The Teacher Premium resources are no different and are easily adapted across the age range. The Teachers' Toolbox resources (5 visual starters at present) for example can be used by 5 year-olds learning basic concepts and sixth formers debating meaning. Take a look at the sample and decide if you could adapt them for your learners.

8. How can I best view the Teachers' Toolbox starter images?
The size of the Teachers' Toolbox starter images has been chosen after testing them in typical classrooms. I've compromised between making them big enough to be seen from the back of a classroom yet fitting as many as possible on a single screen. I've also taken into account the vast range of browsers, screen sizes, whiteboard settings, classroom sizes and website limitations in designing the final layouts. In some cases you might need to scroll up and down the page to see all the pictures or use your browser's zoom feature to see them all at once.