The Little Book of Thunks

260 questions to make your brain go ouch!

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845903390

Category: Philosophy

Page: 104

View: 9943

A Thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. The author guides you through the origins and uses of Thunks and demonstrates how this powerful little book can develop philosophical thinking for all ages ... remember there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. How liberating is that ...? Winner of The Author's Licensing and Collecting Society Award for Educational Writing by the Society of Authors.
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The Little Book of Thunks

260 Questions to Make Your Brain Go Ouch!

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781845900625

Category: Education

Page: 96

View: 5147

Presents a collection of questions that will help develop thinking skills, covering such topics as truth, reality, beliefs, the natural world, art, beauty, war, religion, friendship, and life and death.
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The Book of Thunks

Is not going fishing a hobby? And other possibly impossible questions to stretch your brain and annoy your friends

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845903137

Category: Psychology

Page: 128

View: 428

A Thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. A thunk will shake up your templates, rattle your thought routines, and make you think about things differently! The ideal gift for possibly the most impossible person to buy for!
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The Little Book of Big Stuff About the Brain

The true story of your amazing brain

Author: Andrew Curran

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845902092

Category: Education

Page: 178

View: 1792

Designed as a cover to cover read which leaves the reader with a working knowledge of the human brain from its first evolution 2 billion years ago to the present day. A light-hearted look at the brain aimed at a lay audience. It especially focuses on the neurobiology of emotional intelligence and in many ways is the neurobiological explanation of why emotional intelligence is so important to health, wealth and happiness.
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Independent Thinking

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1781350795

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 901

Think for yourself before someone does it for you. The first in a new series by and for people who know how important it is to think for yourself. Written by Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert, this book is an invaluable collection of reflections, ideas and insights on the nature of learning, thinking, creativity and, drawing on Ian s experience in three continents, the role education has in changing not only people s lives but also entire societies. Combining articles published in the UK, Middle East and South America plus examples of his controversial online postings and Tweets with new observations and insights and at least 100 Twittered Thunks or Twunks this book is the informed ramblings of a passionate educationalist who has made a significant difference to classrooms for over 20 years and has earned the right to speak his mind.
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Teach Now! Mathematics

Becoming a Great Mathematics Teacher

Author: Julia Upton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317667573

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 8840

Being taught by a great teacher is one of the great privileges of life. Teach Now! is an exciting new series that opens up the secrets of great teachers and, step-by-step, helps trainees to build the skills and confidence they need to become first-rate classroom practitioners. Written by a highly-skilled practitioner, this practical, classroom-focused guide contains all the support you need to become a great mathematics teacher. Combining a grounded, modern rationale for learning and teaching with highly practical training approaches, the book guides you through the themes of mathematics teaching and the skills needed to demonstrate learning. Teach Now! Mathematics also offers clear, straightforward advice on classroom practice, lesson planning and working in schools. Teaching and learning, planning, assessment and behaviour management are all covered in detail, with a host of carefully chosen examples used to demonstrate good practice. Every example is rooted in recent experience in the mathematics classroom. The commonalities of teaching pedagogy across all subjects are discussed but this book gets to the heart of the unique nature of this subject. From building confidence to developing problem-solving skills and mathematical literacy, this book considers what the keys to success are in learning, and hence teaching, mathematics. There are also chapters on dealing with pressure, excelling in observations, finding the right job and succeeding at interview. Throughout the book, there is a great selection of ready-to-use activities, strategies and techniques which will help put you on the fast track to success in the classroom. With a strong emphasis on sparking students’ interest and enthusiasm in mathematics, this book is your essential guide as you start your exciting and rewarding career as an outstanding mathematics teacher.
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Young, Gifted and Bored

Collection

Author: David George

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845907566

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 3218

Many gifted and talented children are bored and frustrated in the classroom. Many are not achieving their potential and talents are going unrecognised. Written by an experienced and world renowned author with a wealth of experience, this practical guide will challenge, excite and inspire teachers and show them how they can identify and provide for the needs of these children.
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The The Perfect Teacher

Author: Jackie Beere

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1781351406

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 1188

Teachers have the most important job in the world because they are creating the future. They need to be passionate about their subject and their pupils, expert facilitators, amazing role models, the very best learners in the class and massively resilient to survive and thrive in the 21st century educational minefield. Jackie Beere presents a pragmatic, practical guide to help you grow and flourish so that you can become the outstanding teacher that makes the difference between success and failure for our future generation. Expectations are high, time is short – prepare to be challenged and supported to be the best you can be.
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Little Owl's Book of Thinking

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845903986

Category: Education

Page: 96

View: 9286

This brilliant little book describes in an entertaining style the seven lessons Benny receives from his wise old father, keen to teach his son how to think and think well. Ideal for teachers, parents and older children, this book is an excellent method of introducing the concept of thinking skills and why they are so important. All ages.
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Perfect Assessment for Learning

Author: Claire Gadsby

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1781350280

Category: Education

Page: 142

View: 5033

Too much valuable teacher time is devoted to the kind of marking and feedback which does little to improve pupils' learning. This easy to read guide introduces a range of innovative and practical strategies to ensure that assessment genuinely is for learning
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The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities

Bringing NLP into the classroom

Author: David Hodgson

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 184590429X

Category: Education

Page: 224

View: 4982

A collection of activities developed and used with teenagers all over the country that are short, easy to follow and engaging. They can be used as one off activities to spice up a session or can be put together to form one hour lessons or even whole day events. There are suggested combinations of activities to suit different topics such as PSHE, Successful Revision/Learning, SEAL.
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The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4060

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
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Teaching the Male Brain

How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School

Author: Abigail Norfleet James

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483371417

Category: Education

Page: 352

View: 7219

Unlock the potential of every boy! Help the boys in your school and in your life succeed beyond anyone’s expectations–even their own. Updated with the latest research in neuroscience and developmental psychology, this bestselling guide translates theory into tested and refined strategies that are ready to be put to work immediately. Features include A discussion of cognitive gender differences and how they relate to education An analysis of the benefits and challenges of single-sex classrooms Tried and true techniques for differentiating learning in co-ed classrooms Cutting-edge strategies for reaching boys with ADHD, learning disabilities, social and emotional differences, and more Detailed case studies and real-life dilemmas
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101 Philosophy Problems

Author: Martin Cohen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135088772

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 4049

Does Farmer Field really know his prize cow, Daisy, is in the field? When is an unexpected exam not wholly unexpected? Are all bachelors (really) unmarried? Martin Cohen's 101 Philosophy Problems, Fourth Edition introduces philosophy in an entertaining but informative and stimulating way. Using philosophical puzzles, conundrums and paradoxes he skilfully unwraps some of the mysteries of the subject, from what we know - or think we know - to brainteasing thought experiments about ethics, science and the nature of the mind. For the Fourth Edition there are many new problems, including Maxwell's Moving Magnets, Einstein Changes Train Times, and Zeno's Paradox of Place; as well as two brand new sections including puzzles such as Lorenz's Waterywheel, and the Battle for Fractal Farm, and perplexing ethical dilemmas. The book has been extensively revised to bring it up to date with new developments in philosophy and society. With an updated glossary of helpful terms and possible solutions to the problems at the end of the book, 101 Philosophy Problems is essential reading for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time.
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There is Another Way

The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1781352380

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 8782

Ian Gilbert with Mark Anderson, Lisa Jane Ashes, Phil Beadle, Jackie Beere, David Cameron (The Real David Cameron), Paul Clarke, Tait Coles, Mark Creasy, Mark Finnis, Ian Gilbert, Dave Harris, Crista Hazell, Martin Illingworth, Nina Jackson, Rachel Jones, Gill Kelly, Debra Kidd, Jonathan Lear, Trisha Lee, Roy Leighton, Matthew McFall, Sarah Pavey, Simon Pridham, Jim Roberson, Hywel Roberts, Martin Robinson, Bethan Stracy-Burbridge, Dave Whitaker and Phil Wood. We are living at a time when loud voices from inside and outside the profession are telling teachers and school leaders ‘this’ is the way education should be done. This is how you should lead a school. This is how you should manage a class. This is how children should learn. This is what you should do to make children behave. These messages are given as if there is only one way to achieve these things - their way. However, with decades of experience working in all types of school around the globe, the many Associates of Independent Thinking know there is always another way. This book is for educators everywhere who are hearing these loud voices yet who know there must be another way. Full of examples to prove this is the case and inspirations to try new things, There is Another Way is a call to action to swim against the tide and reclaim the heart of education. Nearly 10 years after the publication of the first Big Book of Independent Thinking, Ian Gilbert and the Associates combine their collective wisdom and experience to take a fresh look at the present and future of education and invite the reader to think, deeply, on what really matters and to reflect on their practice accordingly. Regardless of the specialism or background you are from, there is something for everyone in this diverse and insightful anthology. Covering a myriad of issues facing educators today - issues including motivation, behaviour, understanding educational research, values, school improvement, work-life balance, politics, conditions for learning, the importance of libraries, assessment and examination, thinking for yourself, seeing students as more than data, engaging learning with awe and wonder and storytelling, coping with complexity, aspirations, technology and digital learning, values led leadership, speaking out, educational imperatives, emotional health, teaching and learning, education and inequality, restorative practice, coaching, continuing professional development, challenging curricula, art therapy and learning and feeling - the book shows how there is another way.
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Why Do I Need a Teacher When I've got Google?

The essential guide to the big issues for every teacher

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317664000

Category: Education

Page: 248

View: 7075

Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google? is just one of the challenging, controversial and thought-provoking questions Ian Gilbert poses in this urgent and invigorating book. Questioning the unquestionable, this fully updated new edition will make you re-consider everything you thought you knew about teaching and learning, such as: • Are you simply preparing the next generation of unemployed accountants? • What do you do for the ‘sweetcorn kids’ who come out of the education system in pretty much the same state as when they went in? • What’s the real point of school? • Exams – So whose bright idea was that? • Why ‘EQ’ is fast becoming the new ‘IQ’. • What will your school policy be on brain-enhancing technologies? • Which is the odd one out between a hamster and a caravan? With his customary combination of hard-hitting truths, practical classroom ideas and irreverent sense of humour, Ian Gilbert takes the reader on a breathless rollercoaster ride through burning issues of the twenty-first century, considering everything from the threats facing the world and the challenge of the BRIC economies to the link between eugenics and the 11+. As wide-ranging and exhaustively-researched as it is entertaining and accessible, this book is designed to challenge teachers and inform them – as well as encourage them – as they strive to design a twenty-first century learning experience that really does bring the best out of all young people. After all, the future of the world may just depend on it
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The If Machine

Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom

Author: Peter Worley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441136827

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 8723

Each session in this practical book offers an imaginary situation, followed by a series of questions to encourage children to challenge key philosophical ideas such as values and ethics, gender and identity, and existence and beauty. All the enquiries have been tried and tested, and a handy star system is included to indicate the difficulty level of each one. With a comprehensive introduction and key sections on the philosophy behind the experiments, this book also includes an online teacher's resource to guide practitioners through using the sessions to best effect in the classroom.
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Here and Now Story Book

Author: Lucy Sprague Mitchell

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486806391

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 8826

Written by a famous educator, these thought-provoking, illustrated tales range from those suitable for reading aloud to 2- and 3-year-olds to those perfect for third graders to read for themselves.
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The Compleat Thunks Book

Author: Ian Gilbert

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1781352860

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

View: 7916

In The Compleat Thunks Book Ian Gilbert brings together classic Thunks from a number of his books, as well as hundreds of new ones, all designed to make your brain hurt as you think, question, debate and argue your way to a better understanding of how to survive in a world gone dangerously bonkers. We are living in an age in which facts don’t count, certainty no longer exists and complexity means we never quite know what just happened, let alone what will happen next. To better prepare ourselves for such a world, we need a brain workout that isn’t so much about finding answers as getting our heads around questions. We need The Compleat Thunks Book: a collection of beguiling questions about everyday things that stop you in your tracks and help you start to look at the world in a whole new light. At times controversial and often provocative, Ian Gilbert’s brainteasers are sure to stimulate philosophical enquiry and debate during the thinking, reasoning, logic or panic employed in arriving at (or deviating from) the answers and conversations that ensue. In other words, it’s not about the answers at all and, as in life, there are none at the back of the book. Covering as wide a variation of topics as possible – from love and lies to parking a car and molesting robots – The Compleat Thunks Book will appeal to people of all ages, tastes and prejudices, and can be used to steer pub, dinner party or family discussions away from the same old topics. Some of these Thunks were previously published in The Book of Thunks, ISBN 978-184590092-2, The Little Book of Thunks, ISBN 978-184590062-5, and Independent Thinking, ISBN 978-178135055-3. Thunks is a registered trademark of Independent Thinking Ltd. Parental Advisory: A few of these Thunks are unsuitable for use with children.
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Code

The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Author: Charles Petzold

Publisher: Microsoft Press

ISBN: 0735638721

Category: Computers

Page: 400

View: 5368

What do flashlights, the British invasion, black cats, and seesaws have to do with computers? In CODE, they show us the ingenious ways we manipulate language and invent new means of communicating with each other. And through CODE, we see how this ingenuity and our very human compulsion to communicate have driven the technological innovations of the past two centuries. Using everyday objects and familiar language systems such as Braille and Morse code, author Charles Petzold weaves an illuminating narrative for anyone who’s ever wondered about the secret inner life of computers and other smart machines. It’s a cleverly illustrated and eminently comprehensible story—and along the way, you’ll discover you’ve gained a real context for understanding today’s world of PCs, digital media, and the Internet. No matter what your level of technical savvy, CODE will charm you—and perhaps even awaken the technophile within.
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