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Thinking Stories to Wake Up Your Mind [Paperback]

Mike Fleetham
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Book Description

25 Jan 2007 1855034131 978-1855034136
Including 27 stories, this title helps you to develop the following skills: information processing, reasoning, enquiry, creativity, evaluation and metacognition.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: LDA (25 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855034131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855034136
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,538 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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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS! An absolute must! 17 Feb 2007
What a treat! Fantastic, thought provoking, creative stories that can be used in SO many different ways! Children loved them......my neice and nephew, my class and at whole school level (including the adults!). I had children from different classes doing additional tasks in their own time to bring to me (endings for the stories....creative art) as the stories had stimulated them so much during the whole school session! Fantastic just for reading....or can be adapted to far far more including role-play, circle time, creative and analytical discussion, writing tasks etc. Follow up activities/suggestions REALLY useful - photocopiable templates, thinking skills identified and explained fully, suggestions on ways to develop thinking in the classroom - tools and techniques. The book is 'easy on the eye' making it very user friendly. Fantastic value for money. One of the best books I've bought!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and they all lived...how?...you decide. 23 Feb 2007
The title claims that these stories wake up your mind. They certainly do. Some with a gentle whisper, others with the impact of a gas explosion. And once your mind has been aroused from its dormancy, the 'big questions' will keep it awake - just like your neighbour's car alarm (and yes..they have gone away for the weekend!). My Year 6 students are still discussing 'The Best Question' one month after being introduced to it.

If you are a teacher who likes to see children actively engaged in their learning this book is for you. Whether an experienced or novice classroom practitioner, it clearly explains concepts and contains a wealth of suggested development activities linked to each story. Moreover, the types of activities can be adapted to engage children in diverse curriculum areas.

Howeve, it maybe best to buy a spare copy. Once your colleagues start borrowing it...you know what i'm saying?!

Finally, if Mike Fleetham was a type of fruit I think he'd be a mango..or a Mercedes-Benz. Why? Read the book and come up with your own answers!!
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUH?! EH?! 20 Feb 2007
By J
Ready to challenge all learners? A must for anyone who wants to develop children's thinking skills. These witty, fable-like stories flow easily and are entertaining. They are fantastic for speaking and listening, guided reading/writing, PSHCE or other cross-curricular links. Each story is engaging, lending itself to numerous endings. The concept of Thinking Stories will be new to most children so it can be hard initially,oh yesssss, all that thinking for yourself! Even as an adult, I found myself challenged. Great then, that a simple teacher's guide with handy 'ending' prompts will provide a stimulus if you're really stuck. Before you know it, the children will be responding with improved ideas and their imagination will be starting to grow. Suddenly stories and reading are fun again! The 'Buy This' button is only a click away....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging stories 10 Dec 2011
By Baku
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This book is full of short stories with no ending. So the children are asked to create their own endings and analyse the stories. In my opinion, the stories are very engaging and very well written. There are lot of different questions a parent can ask a child about a particular story, its content, behavior of certain characters, moral of the story etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for all Primary school teachers! 12 Mar 2011
Use this book all the time in school as one off 'thinking' lessons. Took a while for the kids to get used to the fact the stories had no ending, but after they got over that, they were really keen to have their input! Very easy to use, just read the story and ask the well worded questions, great literacy potential too.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic brain exercise 16 Mar 2008
Thinking Stories is just what was missing from my schools days - I would have loved them! Adults and children alike will be captivated by the pondering and wondering each short story evokes! Expect a flurry of questions and thoughts in your own head and from your pupils' mouths! The support questions and materials for each story are great expanders too.

If you want to engage and inspire your class - then get this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept 3 July 2013
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Have used it very well with Y6 children to distract them from SATS. Concepts a bit obscure for lower key stage 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Mar 2013
By celine
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This is really a great book, it certainly gets everyone involved- regardless the age group or the level of learning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... a variety of junior year groups and they really liked it. Very...
Have used this in school with a variety of junior year groups and they really liked it. Very interesting discussions as follow-ups and also plenty to talk about as you read.
Published 1 month ago by mrs p baddeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I love the stories in this book. I have only used one with a Year 4 class so far; it really stimulated their thinking skills and encouraged thinking outside the box.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christina Samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Fantastic stories with great activities to get kids imagination going. I use this book with my students both at school (years 7-11) and when doing private tuition with students... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. L. Siggers
4.0 out of 5 stars Book for a smart child
I have given this for my grandson but don't know if his parents have started it yet. I look forward to seeing how they get on.
Published 7 months ago by bobster
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource
This item is exactly as described. It is very well made from quality materials and looks great. Very pleased with my purchase.
Published 12 months ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
Ordered this book for suggestions on stories that I could use at school. Some great stories that will get the children thinking.
Published 12 months ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought.
I have used these for assemblies at school. Have had really good feedback from the children. They have remembered the stories from week to week which is great.
Published 15 months ago by emne
4.0 out of 5 stars wide range of stories with suggested questions to get children...
good range of stories to get children thinking. I haven't had the opportunity to use it yet, but I am sure the children will engage well with the stories and it will give them... Read more
Published 20 months ago by studou
5.0 out of 5 stars Children loved it
I bought this as a junior headteacher who has many assemblies to do. The children were capitivated by the story I read and were eager to use the follow up activities and decide... Read more
Published 23 months ago by L M Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
As a head of thinking skills in a secondary schools I ordered this knowing it was for primary. However, it has given me some fantastic ideas for adapting it for KS3 work. Read more
Published on 2 April 2011 by Darren
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