'The author puts into perspective the importance of teaching thinking and learning skills providing clear explanations and easy to follow activities that can be used as a series of lessons, or simply as a one off. As a resource for the primary practitioner it is both practical and informative' - ESCalate
'A treasure-trove of practical resources to stretch young people's thinking muscles!' - Professor Guy Claxton, University of Bristol
'It is full of useful ideas for busy teachers and helpful in getting the children rather than the teachers to do the thinking in the classroom' - Professor Robert Fisher, Brunel University
By helping children to form positive thinking and learning habits, and to develop a range of transferable skills, we give them the tools they need to become successful learners.
This book is grounded in the best of current practice and theories surrounding thinking and learning skills. It provides a highly effective method for introducing a comprehensive set of thinking and learning skills to children aged 5 to 11, as well as for integrating these skills through the curriculum. By means of carefully developed games, activities and group tasks, these ready-to-use lessons will appeal to a wide range of learners and abilities.
Features of the book include:
- a clear explanation of what thinking and learning skills are;
- lots of photocopiable activities, for use by individual teachers and in INSET;
- a plan for introducing thinking and learning skills in your school;
- suggestions for further reading and development of the programme.
Headteachers, Curriculum Co-ordinators and classroom practitioners wishing to introduce and develop thinking and learning skills in their school can either follow this programme in its entirety, or dip into it when appropriate for specific activities.
PART ONE: THINKING ABOUT LEARNING AND LEARNING ABOUT THINKING What Does This Book Offer? Why Should We Teach Thinking and Learning Skills? What Are Thinking and Learning Skills? How do You Teach Thinking and Learning? How do I Use the THINK! Programme in Practice? Tips for Success: Questions and Answers What Could I Do to Take This Further? PART TWO: THE THINK! PROGRAMME THINK! Skills Overview Lesson Plans with Lists of Resources on the CD-ROM and 'At a Glance' Samples PART THREE: GENERAL RESOURCES FOR ALL YEAR GROUPS 'At a Glance' Sample of General Resources on the CD-ROM 'Heads Together' Introductory Session Philosophy for Children: Generating the Question Session