Talking and thinking floorbooks: An approach to consultation, observation, planning and assessment in children’s learning (3rd edn)


By Claire Warden

This book will tell you how to plan with children. It has been comprehensively revised to provide greater insight into child centred planning in the now well established Floorbooks approach. The strategies that are set out in this revised edition are supported by diagrams and case studies which enable them to plan effective child centred experiences.

This revised edition contains a FREE pull out wall poster on “The Planning Cycle and Floorbooks” (Warden 2006) which will assist any adult working with children as partners in learning.

Other titles from Claire Warden:
The Potential of a Puddle
Nurture Through Nature
Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools
Learning with Nature: Embedding Outdoor Practice

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This useful book is filled with practical ideas that explore the ways in which we consult with children in order to make our planning more relevant and effective. Talking and thinking floorbooks explores issues such as child-centred planning, personal learning plans, greater involvement in planning and classroom motivation. The author outlines strategies which are integrated into a planning approach referred to as ‘Talking and Thinking Floorbooks’.

Floorbooks are learning tools designed to develop thinking skills in children for use in meaningful, real-life contexts. ‘Claire has inspired practitioners across the world to reflect on their interaction with children. Her anecdotal style and humorous writing is easy to read, enthusing adults to consult children in a wide variety of settings.’ This useful resource clearly explains the concept of Talking and Thinking Books as well as outlining how to make and introduce the books to classrooms.

About the author Claire Warden is an educational consultant based in Perthshire, Scotland. Her approach to learning and the methods that she promotes are innovative and refreshing. She uses a unique blend of sensorial, kinaesthetic and collaborative experiences that place children very firmly at the centre of the learning process.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 29.6 × 21 × 0.4 cm








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