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Thinking and Learning Skills Ages 7-11 (Creative Activities For...) [Paperback]

Mike Fleetham , Linda Jones , Moreno Chiacchiero
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1 Sep 2008 1407100068 978-1407100067 1
Help children to engage with their learning and work both collaboratively and independently. Activities are related to real-life and curriculum contexts to engage and motivate children. Cater for different learning styles with visual and hands-on resources. Plenty of follow-up suggestions for further work for children to apply their knowledge. Develop thinking and learning skills across the curriculum through:


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407100068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407100067
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 29.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mike Fleetham got bored and frustrated after 4 years behind a desk as an electronics design engineer. The most exciting thing that happened to him was this: one day some coffee got spilt on his circuit diagram.
So he became a teacher.

Mike Fleetham got frustrated and impatient after 8 years in the classroom. The most frustrating thing was this: policy and practice prevented him from teaching his pupils in the way they needed to learn. (He did what he wanted anyway. Maverick. Rebel. Believer in others)
So he became a consultant and author (forgetting at first to tell his wife he'd resigned)

Mike Fleetham is not bored or frustrated any longer. He writes books, runs a website and trains teachers. He believes that everyone is intelligent, valuable and successful and this seems to inspire others to leave no stone unturned when seeking the talents and potential of their young learenrs.

Delegates at his workshops often use the words, "practical, fun, inspiring, flexible, very useful, non-threatening, engaging, motivational". Mike believes they are talking about his training rather than the lunch. Someone once described him as very uncharismatic. The next day someone else described him as very very charismatic. Mike knows that feedback on his training and books is really in the eye of the beholder. The following week someone different said he was 'like Jimmy Carr'. That could go either way.

Mike's books are practical and designed to give busy classroom teachers the tools, confidence and support to make their lessons more relevant, more effective and more enjoyable. They include pictures and some longer words. Mike's website reaches over 10,000 people every month in over 160 countries/territories. All this helps him with his life goal: to enrich the life, work and learning of 1,000,004 people every year. Why the 4 you ask?...

Mike lives in Hampshire with his wife Lucy and their son and daughter. At the time of writing 2 rabbits and 1 hamster are also resident though these things often change overnight.

If you like lists, here's Mike's Learing Journey:

1966 Baby learner
1971 Infant learner
1974 Junior learner
1978 Secondary learner
1985 University learner (Engineering BSc MEng)
1990 Learner husband
1990 Learner design engineer
1993 Learner teacher (PGCE)
1994 Teacher of junior learners
1996 Learner father
1999 Leader of teachers of junior learners
1999 Learner father again
2000 Assistant Headteacher of teachers of junior learners
2001 Learner consultant and author
2002 Teacher of learners (0-99)
2007 Learner learner; teacher teacher
2010 Learner

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Another wonderful book in a superbly presented series of books for primary teachers; Creative Activities for Thinking and Learning Skills (ages 7-11) is one of those 'Wow!' books that will help develop and refine your pupils' thinking skills. In addition, it's full colour, with glossy pages, photos to help you with presentation ideas in your classroom and the handouts needed for lessons. A sheer delight, from highly experienced teachers/consultants. Even better, it brings classroom activities into the real world, so pupils of all ability levels will be fully engaged. There are lots of web links to use during the lessons/sets of lessons. I've used 'The creativity contraption' as a thinking tool that integrates into other lessons. 'Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?' is a fascinating Maths lesson. Get this book, it's fab! PS: Keep it hidden away, or it may 'walk' to another class in your school!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 12 July 2010
By shay
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for some new and exciting ideas to inspire my present class of year 4 and my new class of year 3 children from September. This was just what I was looking for. I gave some of my class the task of designing a roller coaster ride today and soon the ideas were flowing. All the children involved were contributing and I could hear all the right words coming from them. It is challenging enough for my most able children, but can be made easier for the less able. can't wait to take them outside for a game of alternative rounders. I can see this book becoming one of my favourite resources.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking and Learning Skills 4 July 2010
By Mrs W
Format:Paperback
As a primary teacher I found this book really interesting with lots of good ideas to use in the classroom. The book begins by giving a clear definition of the skills of thinking and learning. Each subsequent chapter provides stimulating activities coupled with clear learning objectives, step by step instructions and assessment criteria. The activities are differentiated to ensure the needs of all learners within your classroom are met. The tasks are designed to encourage the development of thinking skills across a wide range of curricular areas. Each chapter also provides interesting and stimulating resources for use with the activities.
I am looking forward to using many of these activities with my P6 class in the new term.
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