Thinking Guides

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Thinking Guides can support independent and group research projects with frameworks for thinking, planning and enquiry. Now available to purchase from Futurelab are a set of ready-made, interactive thinking guides. Print them, edit them or use them as inspiration to make your own.

This pack provides a series of ready-made interactive 'thinking guides' or 'frameworks' which can support students' projects and research. Thinking guides support the thinking or working through of an issue, topic or question and help to shape, define and focus an idea and also support the planning required to investigate it further. These thinking guides can be used as a basis for whole class discussion, or emailed to individuals or groups to complete. They can also be used as a presentation tool to share your findings and thinking with others.

With this pack you can:

  • use our ready-made thinking guides
  • make a new thinking guide from scratch
  • use it to set class projects
  • print them out for each student
  • change and customise thinking guides, you can add or change text, shapes, images etc.
  • as a teacher, you can set up the sequence that you want the thinking guide to be revealed in, so that you can stage the thinking activity
  • you can present your project
  • you can send your thinking guide to a whole group of people
  • work in groups on the same thinking guide.

These thinking guides have been created due to popular demand as an editable and printable resource that can be used easily in the classroom (as well as other spaces where guides are needed to help structuring thinking and planning). They build on Futurelab’s work with young people and teachers to scaffold enquiry and project work.

The guides build on Futurelab’s Enquiring Minds programme. Enquiring Minds was a three-year research and development programme, run by Futurelab and funded by Microsoft. The programme developed a distinctive approach to teaching and learning that takes seriously the knowledge, ideas, interests and skills that students bring into schools and enables young people to take more responsibility for the content, processes, and outcomes of their learning.