A Tin of Thunks

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ThunksThunk: A beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light, and, on top of that they can make your brain hurt.

For example:

  1. If you have two different foods in your mouth, do you have three tastes?
  2. If I lose £2 then find £1 am I lucky?
  3. In a horse race, are the horses racing?
  4. Are you who your dog thinks you are?
  5. Is a caterpillar a butterfly?
  6. Is your mind the oldest part of you?

I have been exploring the playful use of Thunks by Ian Gilbert ever since I read Ian’s book “Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google”.

One possible use – within your group read the 1st Thunk and take a minute or two to think about them. Importantly there are NO right or wrong answers to these questions – simply YOUR answers. You do, however, need to think about your answers and be able to justify them – in other words, don’t say the first thing that comes into your head, AND, be prepared to fully explain your answers when you give them.

  • Take turns to let every group member give their answer.
  • Listen to the answers given by others and treat them seriously – even if they sound odd, they may all be valid if they can be justified.