Some time ago, I was introduced to a book by Ian Gilbert called the ‘Little book of Thunks’. At first I was a little cynical however, whilst exploring new ways to engage my students, I rediscovered this little gem and now it's an essential part of my teaching toolkit!
For those new to the idea, a Thunk is a question, with no right or wrong answer, that literally stops you in your tracks and makes you think!
How to use
Display a random thunk on your whiteboard before the lesson and, as your students enter the classroom, direct them to the question on the board and allow them to digest and discuss this as they settle. Alternatively, as the starter, you can challenge your students to come up with their own thunks.
Thunks are a perfect stimulus for thought-provoking discussion and, as I’ve recently discovered, are a great way to engage your students at the very start of your lessons. To find out more or to explore ways to use thunks in your lesson, click on the links below:
http://www.thunks.co.uk/ - Collection of Thunks, categorised for your convenience, to use in your classroom.
http://www.slideshare.net/year5thepines/thunks-9947392 - Collection of Thunks in slideshow format.
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