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Magazine Issue 8: This Website Guide
February 2011

This month a guide to the website & a new Thinking Tool.

Article: Guide to Thinking Classroom Website
New Resources
Additional Resources
Wise Words

This Month's Article:

Your Thinking Classroom Website:


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I've been running the Thinking Classroom website for over 17 years (as of 2016). It started as a classroom project back in 1999 (56K dial-up), won a Microsoft Innovation award in 2006 (1Mb broadband) and is now the place where I publish my teaching and training resources (now allegedly 60 Mb fiber broadband; but you know what phone company claims can be).

The site is always evolving to meet the diverse needs of educators around the world. And I'm always ready to hear what you want from a website like this. My plans for the next year already include suggestions from several Premium Members. So have a think about the resources and education topics you want then mail me mike@thinkingclassroom.co.uk

Here's a map, some videos and a quick start guide:

Resources:

As you can see from the map most of the site is dedicated to teaching and learning resources.

The Thinking Classroom pages explain my (always evolving) philosophy of education and give details of eight areas in which I am particularly interested including Thinking Skills, Multiple Intelligences, Creativity and Leadership. You'll also find resources to support each of these topics.

members thumbThe Members' Resources area is divided into four sections. Non-members can download sample resources. Free standard members get more and Teacher Premium Members can access all the Teacher Premium Resources.

 Visit the Members' area now.



Toolbox:

The Teacher's Toolbox includes 5 different visual lesson starters drawn from a bank of 600 original photos: Pick Me, Storytime, Great Ideas, Odd One Out and Links. Each week the starters change so you get a different thinking starter for every day of the school year.

Each set of starters stays up for 2 weeks and there are examples and teacher's notes to help you out.

Watch the short video left to find out more about the Toolbox

Visit the Toolbox now.

Thinking Classroom Resources:

res library thumbThis area is the largest. All site resources are collected together here. All the resources are categorised by Resource Type, Theme & Subject. Many are generic so please do look beyond your Subject & Age Group for other ideas to try.

Whenever a new resource as added to the site you'll be able to get it here.

You can search the resources by type of resource or by theme (e.g.: creativity, boys' learning, leadership)   

Visit Thinking Classroom Resources now.

Online Learning Magazine:

members resources thumbIf you are a standard or premium member of the site you'll get an email each month telling you that a new online magazine is out.

The magazine comes in 2 parts on a dedicated issue page. The first part explores a relevant education topic and the second gives you that month's latest resources.

It's my way of keeping you informed about the site and of supporting  your professional thinking and learning. All back issues are available to members.

Visit the magazine pages now.
Take a look at a sample issue. 

Community:

As of early 2011 nearly 13,000 people have chosen to join the website. That's a potentially huge store of professional knowledge, skills, advice and ideas.

Please do rate the resources and comment on how you have used them. Sharing your experiences helps others make the most from these ideas.

My blog gives away my passions, protests and possibilities when it comes to teaching and learning. You can add comments to each post. Disagreeing is encouraged. I guess we learn most from those with whom we disagree.

Training & Shop:

The website is an effective ongoing support to those folks I've been lucky enough to train. And my books and products take the ideas and techniques further
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Memberships:

If you are not already a member of the site it's easy to join.
Find out more here or if you're a standard member you can upgrade you membership here.

Any Questions, Comments or Ideas?

Sppech BubbleIf you'd like to ask a question or make a request take a look at the FAQ page or email me directly: mike@thinkingclassroom.co.uk

New Resources:

CIA Thinking is the third of three tools for analysing and debating evidence (STAMP and VIPA are the other two). The three CIA prompts help students to consider the bigger picture and decide how to act. WC-BC Thinking Update (below) is a natural follow on activity for this one.

CIA Thinking

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CIA Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple framework for analysing information and opinion.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Evaluation Analysis
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This month: the eigth installment of 190 Ways to Start a Lesson
Starters 159-178 might present more of a professional risk in the classroom! Or maybe not - depending on your style. Next time, March 2011, it's the final chapter: 179-190, active and group starters

(May 14: The Ebook is no longer available in parts)

190 Ways To Start A Lesson

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190 Ways To Start A Lesson An EBook featuring over 190 diverse ways to begin a lesson. Arranged into 10 sections you'll find a host of simple methods for engaging pupils with their thinking and learning.

Categories: Book & EBook, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Lesson Starters
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Additional Resources:

Updated Smart Thinking Skills Tools:

Updated tool from September 2005. Help students think through decisions before they make them: ;in curriculum subjects and for life choices.

WC-BC Thinking

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WC-BC Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for helping with evaluation, decision making and analysis.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Analytical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Decision Making Evaluation
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Thinking Classroom Archive:

STAMP Thinking

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STAMP Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a memorable template for quickly assessing evidence, opinion and reports.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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STAMP Thinking Powerpoint

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STAMP Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template providing Powerpoint slides for easily setting up STAMP activities.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Critical Thinking, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Trust
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VIPA Thinking

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VIPA Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that provides a simple structure for quickly thinking through opinions, ideas, concepts and evidence.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Critical Thinking
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Wise Words:

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."
Bill Gates

Next month we focus on Learning and India