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Book Cover for Thinking Stories

Title: Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind
Author:
Mike Fleetham
Publisher: LDA 2006
ISBN: 978-1855034136
Format: Paperback, A4 size, 128 Pages

"My Year 6 students are still discussing 'The Best Question' one month after being introduced to it.  If you are a teacher who likes to see children actively engaged in their learning this book is for you"
Just 1 of the 22 5-star Amazon Reviews

  • What is the world's best question?
  • How can you defeat the most dangerous beast in the world?
  • What would you ask the wish camel for?
  • How should you help a disgraced idea angel?

Seven ChildrenThese questions and more are posed in this lively collection of 27 stories.

Children are often given endings: in books, on television and at the cinema. In this book, none of the stories have nice, neat conclusions. If they did, then a golden opportunity would have been missed to develop important skills in thinking.

Each story in this vibrant collection leads listeners to the last scene and then lets them go. This approach means they need to be active in engaging with the story'sStory Stealer dilemma. Each story is accompanied by teacher's notes that outline the skills that are being developed, a series of searching questions to develop those skills further and ways to apply all the National Curriculum's thinking skills in all subject areas.

Not only will you and your children enjoy these wonderful stories, you will also be challenged to think and learn in new and exciting ways

Each story comes with:
Resources outlining the thinking being developed;
Questions to activate thinking;
Illustrations to support understanding;
Applications to subject areas

Look Inside & Listen

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Thanks very much to actor Peter Davison and educators Jo Miles, Andrew Pearce and Veronica Nichol

Reviews

This book now has 22 5 stars reviews on Amazon.

"Ready to challenge all learners? A must for anyone who wants to develop children's thinking skills. These witty, fable-like stories flow easily and are entertaining. They are fantastic for speaking and listening, guided reading/writing, PSHE or other cross-curricular links. Each story is engaging, lending itself to numerous endings. The concept of Thinking Stories will be new to most children so it can be hard initially,oh yesssss, all that thinking for yourself! Even as an adult, I found myself challenged. Great then, that a simple teacher's guide with handy 'ending' prompts will provide a stimulus if you're really stuck. Before you know it, the children will be responding with improved ideas and their imagination will be starting to grow. Suddenly stories and reading are fun again! "  Joanne Cammish,  Teach First Senior Officer, Northern England

"The title claims that these stories wake up your mind. They certainly do. Some with a gentle whisper, others with the impact of a gas explosion. And once your mind has been aroused from its dormancy, the 'big questions' will keep it awake - just like your neighbour's car alarm (and yes..they have gone away for the weekend!). My Year 6 students are still discussing 'The Best Question' one month after being introduced to it.
If you are a teacher who likes to see children actively engaged in their learning this book is for you. Whether an experienced or novice classroom practitioner, it clearly explains concepts and contains a wealth of suggested development activities linked to each story. Moreover, the types of activities can be adapted to engage children in diverse curriculum areas.
However, it maybe best to buy a spare copy. Once your colleagues start borrowing it...you know what I'm saying?!
Finally, if Mike Fleetham was a type of fruit I think he'd be a mango..or a Mercedes-Benz. Why? Read the book and come up with your own answers!! "
   Primary Teacher, Wales

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Book Cover How to Create a Thinking Classroom

Title: How to Create and Develop a Thinking Classroom
Author: Mike Fleetham
Publisher: LDA 2003
ISBN: 978-1855033788
Format: Paperback,  A4 Size, 54  Pages

"Practical ideas.... a boon for the busy teacher."
Professor Robert Fisher

Many books have been written introducing classroom approaches such as 'brain-based teaching', 'individual learning styles', 'multiple intelligences', 'thinking skills', 'brain-friendly classrooms', 'accelerated learning' and 'VAK'. How to Create and Develop a Thinking Classroom will show you how to integrate the best of these "new" teaching methods with the finest traditional classroom practice. As schools begin to encounter more curriculum freedoms, the concept of a Thinking Classroom is right on the mark when it comes to creating the learning that your pupils need and deserve.

This book will help you to:

  • Understand why  thinking skills is relevant to future success
  • Learn about the principles and practices of a Thinking Classroom
  • Establish your own Thinking Classroom
  • Develop your Thinking Classroom by working, learning and thinking in different ways

From the forward by Dr Branton Shearer:

"As our new century unfolds we are witnessing many wonderful opportunities in the face of some difficult challenges. The rise of the individual and globalisation are the most prominent issues. More than ever before we now have the chance to know who we are and to understand our place in a shrinking world. But the speed of change is frightening. What skills and knowledge must we develop to keep up? How can we adapt and thrive when there is so much to learn? How do we survive as the world transforms before our very eyes?

One answer to these questions is simple. We must think. We must engage with what's going on around us. We must evaluate it; create it; then take control. That way we are in flow with the changing world rather that being its spectators.

In this short and practical book you will find the seeds of thought which you can plant in the minds of those you teach. As our curricula shift away from prescription and testing, and thankfully on to creativity and respect for different ways of learning, we need signposts along the way. You will find them here. Use them to help transform your learners into thinkers who create, challenge, evaluate and make decisions; people who will succeed in the twenty-first century because you have given them the tools of thinking that they need."

Look Inside

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Reviews

"Practical classroom ideas...a boon for the busy teacher."   Prof. Robert Fisher writing in the TES

."..many of the ideas outlined are likely to be particularly beneficial to learners experiencing difficulties"  SENCO Update

"Here is the book to help teachers understand more what it's about (MI and Thinking Skills)"  CPD Update

"Your book is both inspiring and user friendly...easy to read, relevant with that subtle ingredient of wit. It's a great resource - just the right amount for the busy teacher. Book arrived at 9am this morning. Put it down at 2pm, much to my family's disgust! Brilliant! Can't wait to try some of the ideas out in the classroom.email review