This month a guide to the website & a new Thinking Tool.
Article: Guide to Thinking Classroom Website
This Month's Article:
Your Thinking Classroom Website:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a map, some videos and a quick start guide:
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.
The 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.
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:
This 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:
If 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.
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
Make an Enquiry now
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?
If you'd like to ask a question or make a request take a look at the FAQ page
or email me directly: email@example.com
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.
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)
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.
Thinking Classroom Archive:
"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."
Next month we focus on Learning and India