Cartoon Conversations: on teaching, learning and life

Rodin Educational Consultancy
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Cartoon Conversations (on teaching, learning and life) is a light-hearted and thought-provoking resource for teachers, business leaders and families. This easy-to-use resource shares 25 cartoons from educational consultant Eric Frangenheim's book, Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies. 

Each motivational cartoon is accompanied by an explanation and a series of reflective questions to be used in classrooms, staff rooms and around the family table to encourage deeper and more meaningful conversations. In addition, there are 11 generic questions based on Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive domain for each of the 25 cartoons. 

The cartoons and questions can be used as ice-breakers for meetings, in schools, in the corporate world, and any form of teaching and family discussion. Readers will have great fun with these cartoons and be challenged to use higher-order thinking to tackle new concepts and questions to look for positive outcomes to everyday challenges in life.

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Eric Frangenheim is a leading Australian educational consultant and author, committed to promoting the use of thinking tools in classrooms and corporate settings. Eric has worked across the globe in the education sector since starting out as a high school teacher in 1970 and going on to work as head of department and then deputy principal. In Australia, Eric was appointed an education advisor for gifted and talented students by the Department of Education, Queensland. He then coordinated the gifted and talented program at an independent school in Brisbane, Queensland.

Since 1995, Eric has been an independent education consultant and is the director of Rodin Educational Consultancy. His consultancy takes him to schools all over Australia and New Zealand, presenting teacher workshops and demonstration lessons. He is often a guest presenter at universities and hosts workshops in the corporate world. Eric has also presented in South Africa, Papua New Guinea, The Republic of Nauru, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, the USA, Indonesia and India.

Through his work, Eric aims to inspire educators and leaders to create vibrant learning environments. His passion is to support teachers to infuse thinking tools into the daily curriculum, to empower all learners to think more vibrantly and independently.

As an author, Eric has published his best-selling book for teachers, Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies: How to Create Your Thinking Classroom with 42 Practical and Engaging Thinking Tools (11th edition), which has sold more than 35,000 copies. Eric's other books include his lesson plan template resource for Primary teachers, The Reconciliation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as well as his new books for teachers, corporates and parents, Cartoon Conversations (on teaching, learning and life) and Thinking Tools Templates (projectable for your whiteboard). For more information, please visit Eric's website at www.rodineducation.com.au.

Eric and his wife, Terri, live in Queensland, Australia. They have three daughters and many grandchildren.

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Rodin Educational Consultancy
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Published on
Apr 6, 2018
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Pages
59
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ISBN
9780987464019
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English
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Education / General
Education / Teacher & Student Mentoring
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