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Using Story for Learning

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Using Story for Learning An Article that concisely summarises the concept of 'story' then proposes how it can enrich teaching and learning.

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. Jean-Luc Godard

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

What is a story? Why are stories and storytelling important? How can you enrich your teaching with stories?

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Categories: Article, Planning, English, Educators

Tags: Pedagogy Story

Tips for Successful Transition

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Tips for Successful Transition Teaching Tips for auditing your existing provision and then helping pupils to think through the process of changing school. Includes Transition Checklist, Patchwork Thinking and questions for the associated Dream Bottles download.

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Categories: Teaching Tips, Transition, Educators, PSHE

Tags: Story Audit Patchwork Thinking

Alfred's Gift

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Alfreds Gift A Thinking Story with activities from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds himself banished to Earth and trying to find a place to stay. Addresses creativity and problem solving.

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Categories: Story, Creativity, Other Subject, Infant, Junior

Tags: Snow Angels Christmas Story

Snow Angels - Audio Versions

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Snow Angels - Audio Versions Two audio versions of the Thinking Story, Snow Angels, from Thinking Stories to Wake up your Mind.

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Categories: Story, Audio, Creativity, PSHE, Infant, Junior

Tags: Story Christmas Learning Styles

12-Day Winter Story

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12-Day Winter Story A Thinking Skills Tool in PowerPoint providing a way to develop story writing - bite-size.

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Categories: Other Resources, Story, English, All Ages

Tags: Winter Story Visual Learning

Snow Angels

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Snow Angels A Story with activities from "Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind" in which Alfred the Snow Angel finds his style of doing things at odds with the other angels. Addresses bullying and learning styles. 

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Categories: Story, Learning Styles, DT, Infant, Junior

Tags: Bullying Independent Learning Christmas Story

Christmas Patchwork Thinking

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Christmas Patchwork Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool, a seasonal adaptation of the ever popular Patchwork Thinking. This example is in the original file but I've added extra activities and suggestions.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Creative Thinking, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy, Infant, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Christmas Story Patchwork Thinking
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The Return of Alfred the Snow Angel

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The Return of Alfred the Snow Angel A Thinking Story inspired by Alfred in Mike's "Thinking Stories" and "Surprising Stories". Alfred the Snow Angel is still banished to Earth but learns an important message about leadership. Addresses leadership, bullying and success.

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Categories: Story, Leadership, PSHE, Infant, Junior

Tags: Snow Angels Christmas Leadership Bullying Story

Surprising Stories Support Material

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Surprising Stories Support Material A Word file with supporting material linked to stories in Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity.

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Categories: Story, Other Resources, Thinking Skills, Other Subject, Junior

Tags: Story Thinking Stories Creative Thinking

Alfred and the Grit Girl

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Alfred and the Grit Girl A fourth Alfred Thinking Story inspired by the Snow Angels tales in Mike's Thinking Stories and Surprising Stories. Alfred the chief Snow Angel is ready to retire, but who should take over responsibility for all the snowflakes? Includes challenging, creative questions.

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Categories: Story, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, Junior, Infant

Tags: Grit Effort Mindset Story

The Winter House

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The Winter House A Story from Thinking Stories to Wake Up your Mind 3 showing the power of people over possessions.

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Categories: Story, RE & Philosophy, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Winter Story

The King of Walls - Evaluation Story

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The King of Walls - Evaluation Story The King of Walls is a new story taken from Thinking Stories 3 which will be published late 2019.

As with Thinking Stories 1 and Surprising Stories the aim is to get children, teachers and their parents fully immersed in a story that will inspire them to develop essential thinking skills and Literacy skills.

Each story can be extended and applied to school curricula with 'Think it Through' and 'Take it Further' questions at the end. What would work best for you in these sections?

I'd welcome any feedback on how you use the story with your pupils, students or colleagues, and what they think of it. Thanks.

mike@thinkingclassroom.co.uk

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Categories: Story, Thinking Skills, English, Junior

Tags: Thinking Stories Story Philosophy

Tips for Using 'Story'

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Tips for Using Story Teaching Tips for using the stages of a story to inspire lesson design and for building learning relationships by telling your own stories.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Planning, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Story Learning Community Lesson Design Relationships
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Story Memory Thinking

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Story Memory Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that uses an ancient memory technique (Architectural Mnemonics) to help pupils improve their recall of key curriculum knowledge.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Memory Active Learning Revision Story
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English Think Sheet - Story

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English Think Sheet - Story A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for understanding and creating narrative.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Story
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Literacy Think Sheet - Authors

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Literacy Think Sheet - Authors A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for learning about children’s authors and their stories.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Thinking Skills

Tags: Literature Story
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Alfred's Gift - Audio

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Alfreds Gift - Audio An Audio Version of Alfred's Gift, from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity" read by Mike.

Categories: Audio, Teaching & Learning, PSHE, Infant, Junior, Story

Tags: Story Thinking Stories Audio
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Story Matrix Think Sheet

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Story Matrix Think Sheet A Think Sheet using the Creative Matrix activity and SOLO prompts to help stimulate story ideas.

Categories: Think Sheet, English, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Story Creative Thinking
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Flash Thinking

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Flash Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool for making writing and thinking concise and accurate

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior

Tags: Story Decision Making Evaluation
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Flash Thinking PowerPoint

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Flash  Thinking PowerPoint A Thinking Tool Template in PowerPoint showing how Flash Thinking works.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Thinking Skills, Any Subject, Junior

Tags: Story Evaluation Decision Making
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The 10-Day Story

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The 10-Day Story A Thinking Skills Tool in PowerPoint providing a way to develop story writing - bite-size.

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Categories: Story, Creative Thinking, English, Junior

Tags: Writing Story Christmas Creative Thinking

The Man Who Thought Too Much

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The Man Who Thought Too Much A Story about a man whose words become solid and whose thoughts appear to everyone. Suitable for Key Stages 2-3 and including prompts to get pupils talking about what they say and how they think.

Categories: Story, Thinking Skills, RE & Philosophy, Junior

Tags: Memory P4C Metacognition Assemblies Story
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Ziyad The Ant

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Ziyad The Ant A Story taken from "Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind". Addresses issues around bullying and is used as an example in the thinking skills tool, Shot Thinking. Ziyad the Ant is continually bullied even though he grows bigger and bigger by doing something rather strange to his enemies.

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Categories: Story, Thinking Skills, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Bullying Story

The Wax Priest

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The Wax Priest A Thinking Story about the life, death and rediscovery of a priest made from wax. Prompts thinking and debate about religion, church leadership and faith. Most suited to upper KS2 and lower KS3.

Categories: Story, Curriculum, RE & Philosophy, Secondary

Tags: RE Philosophy Story
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Three Story Secrets

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Three Story Secrets An Article presenting three techniques to help anyone make a new story - or write one that's still waiting inside.

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Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, English, Educators

Tags: Story Pixar Plot Creative Thinking

Story Memory Thinking Powerpoint

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Story Memory Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, providing two examples of Story Memory Thinking together with slides you can edit for your own lessons.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Memory Revision Story Template
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Dream Bottles

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Dream Bottles A Story that poses an interesting magical challenge about success and failure after leaving home. Links to the questions that are set in the "Tips for successful transition" resource.

Categories: Story, Transition, Junior, Secondary, English, PSHE

Tags: Dream Wish Goals Success Failure Story
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Snow Angels Artwork

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Snow Angels Artwork Original Illustration roughs from the stories Snow Angels and Alfred's Gift, published in Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind and Surprising Stories. Use to build activities and displays around the stories.

Categories: Story, Learning Styles, DT, Infant, Junior

Tags: Bullying Independent Learning Christmas Story
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The Sparrow Who Swallowed a Sunset

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The Sparrow Who Swallowed a Sunset A Story with activities about a little bird in Winter who is rejected by his peers, sets off on a difficult journey, and struggles with the ultimate test. Use as a metaphor for new life, rebirth, death. Taken from "Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity".

Categories: Story, Skills-Based Learning, PSHE, Infant, Junior

Tags: Transition Christmas Bullying Easter Story
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The Sparrow Who...Artwork

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The Sparrow Who...Artwork Original Illustration roughs from the story The Sparrow Who Swallowed a Sunset, published in Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity. Use to build activities and displays around the story.

Categories: Story, Skills-Based Learning, Art, Infant, Junior

Tags: Christmas Easter Bullying Transition Story
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Sintel Thinking

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Sintel Thinking A collaborative Thinking Skills Tool inspired by the many elements contained in a short online animation called Sintel. Gets pupils observant and thinking in groups. Involves dragons.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Enquiry Thinking, Multiple Intelligences, Any Subject, Media, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Dragon Collaboration Film Story
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Pieces of Strange

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Pieces of Strange A Story with classroom activities for more mature KS2 and KS3/4 pupils. An ancient evil lies fractured and scattered across modern day England. Where are the pieces and what danger do they pose?

Categories: Story, Creativity, English, RE & Philosophy, Secondary

Tags: Story Creative Thinking
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Daisy May the Cheese Thief

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Daisy May the Cheese Thief An unpublished Thinking Story including a fun creative activity around generating the names of new cheeses. Can also be applied to character generation for story writing.

Categories: Story, Creativity, DT, English, Junior

Tags: Story Creative Thinking
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The Trouble With Wishes - Audio

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The Trouble With Wishes - Audio A Thinking Story from Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity - Audio version.

Categories: Story, Audio, Creativity, Geography, PSHE, Junior

Tags: Story Thinking Stories Audio
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The Sparrow Who Swallowed a Sunset - Audio

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The Sparrow Who Swallowed a Sunset - Audio A Thinking Story from Surprising Stories to Stimulate Creativity - Audio Version.

Categories: Story, Audio, Leadership, RE & Philosophy, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Story Thinking Stories Audio Leadership
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