Archive | June, 2012


13 Jun

We know how critical it is to engage our students when they enter our classroom…or during the lesson when we want to inject a bit of oomph to the proceedings. So how can we do this? Why not try a Thunk? A Thunk is a beguiling, simple-looking question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. There is no right or wrong answer, they are designed to get you thinking and talking.

Ian Gilbert has written an excellent book, The Little Book of Thunks and these can be posted on the board to get your students talking when they enter the room. Try these out for size:

  • What colour is a mirror?
  • If a tomato is a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?
  • Do you control your brain or does your brain control you?
  • How do you grow seedless grapes?
  • Does happiness exist without sadness?

The launch!

5 Jun

This blog is designed as a tool to capture and share teaching and learning ideas. Behind our classroom doors there is a wealth of knowledge and expertise, a myriad of ideas and a plethora of activities. With my eyes firmly focused on ‘teaching and learning’ my aim for the next twelve months is to simply, ‘look and learn’. That is, to join practitioners in their classrooms, observe their ideas in practice, gain feedback from students and teachers and then…most importantly…to share these ideas with other practitioners. The best in-service training is not to attend a course but to learn from colleagues – I hope that this blog will seek to provide this opportunity for all our staff, both teaching and support, and will encourage them to contribute to the pages to make them richer and come alive with learning ideas.