Thinking Tools Templates: Projectable onto whiteboard

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The 'Thinking Tools Templates: Projectable onto whiteboard' is an easy-to-use resource by educational consultant Eric Frangenheim to help save teachers time and effort and make lessons more exciting, fun and challenging for students. The beauty of these thinking tools templates is that they weave foundation and higher-order thinking tools into classrooms every day. These templates also ensure your students are busier than you are - that's when you know they are 'owning the learning'.

Teachers, to use this resource simply project the chosen thinking tools template onto your whiteboard, then use a whiteboard pen to record the ideas flowing from your students. These templates enable you to delve straight into your lesson. They act as a springboard for students to get busy, to 'own the thinking' and to become confident in scaffolding their own ideas. 

The Thinking Tools Templates are each referenced to levels of Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain. For example, each template is linked to task verbs or thinking skills (such as 'examine' or 'discuss' for the Bloom's 'Analysis' level of cognition) where a SWOT Analysis, Extended PCQ or Icon Prompt would be a possible template to employ.

The Thinking Tools Templates complement Eric's signature book for teachers, 'Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies: How to create your thinking classroom with 42 practical and engaging thinking tools'. This best-selling book shows you how to teach thinking tools confidently, so you can love your job more and create your ultimate thinking classroom. Importantly, it also guides you to teach your students how to use thinking tools so they can become vibrant, independent thinkers.  By 2018, Reflections had sold 35,000 copies and remains a trusted teaching resource for teachers and graduates. 

Eric reminds teachers: "The best learning takes place when the teacher is quiet". But this depends on a) a clear question or activity (containing a task verb); b) an appropriate thinking tool template (e.g. a Double Bubble Map); and c) a clear time frame (e.g. you have 20 minutes: go!). Enjoy. 

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About the author

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
83
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ISBN
9780957703780
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Language
English
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Education / General
Education / Professional Development
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