Write a review Aug 16, Maggie rated it it was amazing A perfect way to be inspired on a wet August afternoon. A thunk - a question to encourage thinking simple idea but perfect. I enjoyed the research and the links and have changed my Autumn scheme of work so I hope my students are read for brain ache. Excellent -thank you I love a new idea Jan 27, Dan rated it liked it A fair concept for a book. This book can be used as a useful tool for introducing young children to philosophy. However, I would say that the inconsistency of the quality of questions stops it scoring more highly for me.

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Submit Review Product Details 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? The award is given for an outstanding example of non-fiction that enhances teaching and learning. Here are a few Thunks to get you started… - If I borrow a million pounds am I a millionaire?

Do dogs believe in God? Post your Thunks at: www. Random and sometimes very hard questions. Why do flamingoes stand on one leg? How did the second world war start? Why do men have nipples? And the last thing I want to do is kill it off. This dinky little book keeps it very much alive — and takes it even further.

It encourages children to look at the world and question everything. Inside its deliciously old-fashioned, hard-backed cover there are only questions. And not a single answer. Very tricky questions Questions which encourage children to think sideways, upside down, in circles Questions which push them think to hard, think deeply Questions which have no right answer Questions which trigger discussion and invite them to argue their case Questions which delve into all the fuzzy areas I first used our well-thumbed and sticky-fingered copy with my son, when he was eight or nine.

Now my daughter, just turned nine, also likes to get stuck into a good thunk. We sometimes do thunks to break up a long car journey or just pluck one to ponder together at a random moment of the day. She says she likes trying them out on her friends at school. Here are some of hers: Do you own your shadow? If you have a tattoo, is it part of your body? If you listen to an audio book, does that count as reading the book? Maybe it will even boost her confidence in class discussions at school.

Thunks teach kids that opinion and fact are not the same thing. That sometimes there is no wrong answer. See the full review here. Simple little questions about everyday things that make you look again at the world and keep everything in perspective, e. Is there more future than post? If you read a magazine in a shop and then put it back, is that stealing? Is it the some rood in both directions? Wake up and shake up your thinking with this great small format book.

Rapport Julie Pearce 15th February questions to make your brain go ouch! And I can honestly say it worked!! It certainly stirred debate in my household, my husband and older son were not impressed but my 12 year old son loved thinking of how many different answers to the questions he could come up with, and then exploring how he arrived at his answers was fascinating.

I found it a thoroughly absorbing and fascinating little book. It has generated so much debate, thought and laughter in class that it has repaid its cost over and again.

I have used the questions straight from the book and then had the pupils take the subject wherever they wanted. The decision hinged in the end on whether the question referred to the constituents or the process.

One question; two answers; 20 minutes and 30 brains working. Hot weather, excellent food, beautiful scenery and The Little Book of Thunks to review and what a pleasure it was too.

What is a Thunk? The author, Ian Gilbert explains that a thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you to start looking at the world in a whole new light? And what a fun read it was too! No boring evenings back at the tent swatting mosquitoes for me! Oh no! A game of thunks was in order. Firstly, a game of thunks is played with at least two people, better with a group , secondly read out a thunk from the book, for example, Can you dream of a taste?

Thirdly sit back, listen and learn on how people view their world. Best of all there are no right or wrong answers however, be prepared for some good debates and reasoning along the way.

Questions such as, does a goldfish know it is your pet? And another two hundred and fifty eight questions as the author puts it to make your brain go ouch! This book is definitely worth a read, especially at those times when the old grey matter needs a bit of stimulating.

Lets face it, makes a change from a game of charades. Ian Gilbert, definitely knows his stuff with this little gem of a book and I look forward to playing thunks more often. Hope you all get as much enjoyment from it as much as I did and I am sure it will be one of those that grace the bookshelf for a long time and makes a valued appearance from time to time.

This book could be used in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes but in particular to develop a range of generic skills with students of all ages. Human Givens 23rd July A THUNK, says the author, is a beguillingly simple-looking question about everyday that stops you in your tracks helps you start looking at the world in a whole. When we do this, we start to realise that. Thunks - are a form of Socratic dialogue using questions to generate new thinking.

A 20 page introductory essay is followed by thunks, of which these are but six. Does a sound exist? Is taking pity on something? Is a broken-down car parked? Is it ever possible to learn nothing? These are beguillingly simple looking questions that stop you in your tracks and help you to start looking at the world in a new Iight. For a good Thunk session, you should gather pupils in a circle and explain that there are no right or wrong answers to the following questions.

Stimulating and enthralling. Without realising it I have been doing Thunks for years, as a parent, rugby coach and Open University tutor, helping my children and students to develop their own thinking. These statements will form the basis of my brain gyms, to stimulate mental skills and personal confidence.

The Little Book of Thunks is a delightful book written by an inspired thinker. Dr David George Educational Consultant GATE 25th April This is a welcome new book of beguiling quotes that will encourage children to think and is not yet another puzzle book but an exercise book in which you can give your brain a range of activities to develop your ability to think. This book is timely and should be welcomed by both teachers and parents as thinking should be taught in schools but should permeate everything we do..

Phil Beadle, Columnist Education Guardian 24th April I have stolen more ideas from Ian Gilbert than from the rest of the education community put together. Thunks caused my lower jaw to drop. In terms of the content.. I was surprised at the concept and delighted that there was a word to describe what I do naturally in certain subjects. Keith Trickey Keith V. Trickey, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School 24th April Having opened a dialogue on introducing thinking in schools with Little Owl Ian Gilbert has now moved the process on with a gem of a book.

So much excellent material in such a small book, demonstrates beautifully the simplicity of a truly creative idea. Submit a Review.


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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.


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