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|Description||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.|
|Categories||Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Further education, 14-19, Teaching staff, Out of school, In school|
|Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students||
Thunks creator 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 understnading of how to survive in a world gone dangerously bonkers.
A Thunks is a beguiling question about an everyday thing that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light.
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"Learners are active and curious: they create their own hypotheses, ask their own questions, coach one another, set goals for themselves, monitor their progress and experiment with ideas for taking risks, knowing that mistakes and ‘being stuck’ are part of learning."
Source: Claire Simmons’ development work Using ‘Thunk’ questions to improve participation and thinking skills at Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar.
In other words, as The Compleat Thunks Book aims to convey, it's not about the answers at all and, as in life, there are none at the back of the book. After all, an answer is a door closed, a cul-de-sac to further thinking, the end of the cognitive line and, as such, answers are highly overrated. With a Thunks, the answer is quite simply not as important as the thinking, reasoning, logic or panic employed to arrive at it and to justify (or deviate from) it in any conversation that ensues.
Covering as wide a variation of topics as possible, there are Thunks here for all ages, tastes and predjuices. Simply dive in anywhere and start thinking for yourself.
624. Would you know if you didn't have a mind?
|How users/participants can evaluate success||
We are living in a world where facts don't count, certainty no longer exists and complexity means we never quite know what just happened, let alone what will happen next.
The Compleat Thunks Book can be used as a tool in the classroom to better prepare ourselves for such a world, and as a result we need a brain workout that isn't so much about finding answers as getting our heads around questions.
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Ian Gilbert, author of The Compleat Thunks Book is one of the UK's leading educational innovators, speakers and writers who has over 20 years' experience working with young people and educationalists around the world.
Ian Gilbert is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB Worldmagazine named as one of its top 15 educational ‘visionaries’. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform for leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. Currently based in Hong Kong, he has lived and worked in the UK, South America and the Middle East and so has a special perspective on classrooms and systems, what works and what definitely doesn’t.
Contact Ian at http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/people/associates-d-i/ian-gilbert.aspx
Reviews provided include: Johnny Ball, Jaz Ampaw-Farr, Graham Brown-Martin, Floyd Woodrow, Ben Walden and Andy Gilbert.