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Has anyone got any suggestions about the use of floorbooks for planning, recording and developing thinking skills with children. I haven't done this before and would like to have go. I have some idea how to start but hope some kind person on here has experience I could learn from.

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Well it seems they are like a blank big book and you work with groups of children mind-mapping and talking and planning and using them to record children's ideas and thinking. Floor baooks because you sit around them and record in them on the floor. I have seen a book in the Mindstretchers catalogue. I wanted to see if someone had used this technique and how they went about it. We are focusing on thinking skills this year and i thought they sounded like a good idea, but where do I start exactly?

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Had decided to try and focus more on thinking skills myself. Do like the idea of a floorbook - would work wonders for tracking children's thoughts - especially as evidence too.

 

I've actually also decided to have a go at using (in a very diluted fashion), Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats. Have set myself up a little display near my carpet area and will introduce them slowly - but actually breaking down thoughts into the six areas that he suggests sounds like a very practical way of doing things. It might make it easier for some children too to have their thoughts aided in specific ways. Very much like giving a tube to a child and getting them to tell you what they see in the viewfinder rather than simply just asking them to look without one - they often can't focus on such a massive amount of data - the tubing allows it be more focused and processable.

 

I think that is what the Six Thinking Hats would allow you to do with the children - break things down into manageable chunks that they can analyse from the different roles.

 

Hope that adds another suggestion to the floor!!!

 

D xxx

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