One of the best educational teaching resources to hit the market in recent years – is also one of the simplest.
Developed by a teacher, Thinking Dice are a set of six coloured foam cubes where each face has asks a different question to develop a student’s and adult reasoning skills.
The question areas are
- Yellow; remembering,
- Orange; understanding,
- Red; applying,
- Green; analysing,
- Blue; educating,
- Purple; creating.
Designed to get the student to think about the answer(s) in a highly way constructive way. Ideal to get things started as a lesson ice breaker or the start of a structured answer. The question can be in any subject; science, history English literacy even maths. Their application is phenomenal and seen as a great asset by teachers and students from primary school to university.
Available in single packs of 6 dice for £12.49 (+VAT) or a super saver class pack of 30 packs of 6 dice for £263.75 (+VAT)
Each of the coloured dice asks a question in ascending order of thinking using Blooms revised taxonomy of thinking levels.
What is the Theory behind Thinking Dice?
Higher order Thinking:
Lower order thinking:
Benjamin Bloom was an educational theorist and teacher who studied the nature of thinking. His taxonomy has been widely used in the field of education since the 1950s. Bloom’s Taxonomy was revised in the 1990’s by a group led by Lorin Anderson, one of Bloom’s former students. The revised version is a more useful tool for teaching thinking skills. “Taxonomy” simply means “classification”. Bloom’s revised Taxonomy is a multi-tiered model of classifying thinking according to six cognitive levels of complexity.
The lowest three levels of Blooms revised taxonomy are: remembering, understanding, and applying. The highest three levels are: analysing, evaluating and creating. “The taxonomy is hierarchical in the lower levels, in other words, a pupil functioning at the ‘applying’ level has also mastered the material at the ‘remembering’ and ‘understanding’ levels. It is suggested that one cannot effectively address higher levels until those below them have been covered. It is thus effectively serial in structure, until the higher levels are achieved.
Thinking Dice use the following elements of Blooms taxonomy.
- Remembering Dice (Yellow) This is Bloom’s lowest level of thinking. Enables recall of information.
- Understanding Dice (Orange) Bloom’s second level of lower order thinking. Promotes explanation of ideas or concepts.
- Applying Dice (Red) Transition level from lower order thinking to higher order thinking Engages students in using information in another situation.
- Analysing Dice (Green) Higher order thinking. Encourages the student to break information into parts to explore understanding and relationships.
- Evaluating Dice (Blue) Higher order thinking. Guides the student to justify a decision or course of action.
- Creating Dice (Purple) Higher order thinking. Challenges the student to generate new ideas, products or ways of doing things.