Jazz Up Learning & Teaching: Students Become Thinkers!

A Listmania! list by Arcturus70 "Arcturus70" (In the Orion Spur of the Milky Way Galaxy)
The list author says: "My daily goal as an instructor is to appeal to as many learning styles as I can during any given class session so that all learners (the audio, visual, kinesthetic, and combinations of these) feel comfortable and connected while learning. All learners can leave the experience with something they didn't have when they entered class that day. So, I bring props, crazy gadgets, and curious items such as the ones below to class. Used appropriately and creatively with regular course materials and, of course, necessary evils of testing, :) the following products can promote meaningful education--with smiles, laughs, and further discussions as added benefits. Test scores often improve because genuine "plugged-in, hands-on" learning trumps disassociated, impersonal memorization. So, if you, as a teacher, are interested in avoiding the "talking head" syndrome, if you are interested in turning any academic parrots into young philosophers (thinkers), then this list can help you move into that enlightened direction. :) // For more information about key figures and people in Humanities / history, check out the Unemployed Philosophers Guild website for product information. They make a huge collection of historical "world" personalities: http://www.philosophersguild.com/

BBC Knowledge Magazine is a treasure trove of concepts that will appeal to today's young learners! See my review on that page for more details!"
Moon Calendar Kit
1.  Moon Calendar Kit by Roylco
The list author says:
  "Makes a great follow up lesson to the Moon in My Room! Intriguing for world mythology classes as well as for science. Students can really begin to grasp the phases this way."
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Leonardo da Vinci Little Thinker Doll
2.  Leonardo da Vinci Little Thinker Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Definitely a key figure within the Humanities, Leonardo can bring lots of fun to your "art appreciation" classes or classroom environments. // There's a Vincent Van Gogh Little Thinker as well! [Separate search]"
$18.95
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Global Warming Mug
3.  Global Warming Mug by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Seeing is believing? :) Novelty mug...must get me one soon!"
$13.95   Used & New from: $11.95
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Coloring Mandalas 1
4.  Coloring Mandalas 1 by Susanne F. Fincher
The list author says:
  "This is a great book. Inspires discussion on art, science, color, sacred geometry, mathematics, and dozens of other ideas. Very useful in teach observation and critical thinking. I like to discuss mandalas when presenting the Chartres Labyrinth--in art, myth, popular culture, etc."
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Stonehenge: Build Your Own Ancient Wonder
5.  Stonehenge: Build Your Own Ancient Wonder by Morgan Beard
The list author says:
  "I own it! Now this is impressive! Great for any classroom as a conversation piece. Inspires critical thinking, questions, myths, science, history... / I just love it! :)"
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Galileo Galilei Little Thinker Doll
6.  Galileo Galilei Little Thinker Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "I own it! Gailleo is my favorite! Though I use him for Humanities "Key Figures and Periods" lessons, he'd be appropriate in an astronomy classroom as well! 2009 is the year of Astronomy by the way."
$13.95   Used & New from: $13.91
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Great Scientists Finger Puppet Set
7.  Great Scientists Finger Puppet Set by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for natural science courses courses and classroom / lab decorations! LOL I own this, but I use it in Humanities "Key Figures and Periods" lectures."
$22.95   Used & New from: $21.50
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Charles Darwin Little Thinker Plush Doll
8.  Charles Darwin Little Thinker Plush Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Bring Darwin into your biology or philosophy or religion classroom and watch a few eyebrows raise! LOL // I think there is also a puppet of him as well!"
$18.95
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Go Fish for Art: Renaissance
9.  Go Fish for Art: Renaissance by Wenda O'Reilly
The list author says:
  "I own it! :) These are excellent cards to get young people engaged in art recognition and appreciation. Viewing dozens of powerpoint presentation can never ever do for the students what this card game can do! Open minds and spark interest in art!"
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Artist Finger Puppet Set: The Great Artists
10.  Artist Finger Puppet Set: The Great Artists 
The list author says:
  "I own it! Here are some interesting talking points for your art appreciation lectures! Andy Warhol is available on Amazon too I think--er--as a single finger puppet!"
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Go Fish for Art Impressionist
11.  Go Fish for Art Impressionist by Wenda O'Reilly
The list author says:
  "I own it! :) These are excellent cards to get young people engaged in art recognition and appreciation. Viewing dozens of powerpoint presentation can never ever do for the students what this card game can do! Open minds and spark interest in art!"
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Go Fish for Art- Modern Artists Cards
12.  Go Fish for Art- Modern Artists Cards by n/a
The list author says:
  "I own it! :) These are excellent cards to get young people engaged in art recognition and appreciation. Viewing dozens of powerpoint presentation can never ever do for the students what this card game can do! Open minds and spark interest in art!"
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Van Gogh & Friends Go Fish for Art
13.  Van Gogh & Friends Go Fish for Art by Wenda O'Reilly
The list author says:
  "Plan to buy soon! :)"
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Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
14.  Uncle Milton Moon In My Room by Uncle Milton
The list author says:
  "Our school owns one! This is a fantastic product for science as well as for mythology. Science, explore the nature of moon phases. Use this moon to discuss world mythology as it relates to the moon and why it changes from people's perspectives. A dark room favorite!"
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Phases of the Moon Read a Mat Placemat - Glows in the Dark!
15.  Phases of the Moon Read a Mat Placemat - Glows in the Dark! by Straight Edge
The list author says:
  "More tools for moon phases! Great for tables and desks."
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Uncle Milton Homestar
16.  Uncle Milton Homestar by Uncle Milton
The list author says:
  "I've used this planetarium in darkened lectures halls with great effect. The perfect companion to discuss Milky Way and / or stare myths and lore. Great for instilling dark sky appreciation too! (Science) // UPDATE: There is a NEW Homestar Pro available! Search Amazon for details!"
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4M Glow-In-The-Dark Stars mini stars pack of 60
17.  4M Glow-In-The-Dark Stars mini stars pack of 60 by 4M
The list author says:
  "I've used these type stars with great effect during mythology lectures related to the Milky Way and constellations. I usually tell the Coyote myth --where he scatters the stars. At the end of the tale, I fling the stars up from a blanket just as Coyote did! Surprises the students and they remember the story."
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Earth Tales from Around the World
18.  Earth Tales from Around the World by Michael J. Caduto
The list author says:
  "This book contains a version of the myth mentioned above. [See the cover image!] :)"
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Finger Puppet Box Set - Great Composers
19.  Finger Puppet Box Set - Great Composers by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "I own it! Some cool items for music appreciation courses or lessons. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild produces a wide collection of finger puppets on Humanities key figures--literature, music, science, art, politics, philosophy, etc. Check out their website to see all products!"
$22.95
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Little Thinker Doll
20.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Little Thinker Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for for music appreciation courses, lectures, and / or displays. He might even be fun in your band room! LOL // UPG offers other composers as well...some as finger puppets."
$19.95
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AXIS OF EVIL FINGER PUPPET SET
21.  AXIS OF EVIL FINGER PUPPET SET by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for history, political science, social science, and maybe even psychology courses! LOL There are I think three different "Axis of Evil" sets to collect. I don't own them at this time."
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Great Revolutionaries Puppet Set
22.  Great Revolutionaries Puppet Set by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for history, political science, social science, and maybe even psychology courses! LOL There are I think three different "Axis of Evil" sets to collect. I don't own them as a set at this time."
$22.95
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Great Psychologists Finger Puppet Set
23.  Great Psychologists Finger Puppet Set by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for social science courses / psychology courses! LOL I own some of these puppets from this group, but I use them in Humanities "Key Figures and Periods" lectures."
$22.95
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Sigmund Freud Little Thinker Doll
24.  Sigmund Freud Little Thinker Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Any comment here could reveal something LOL // There is also a finger puppet version of him...hmmmm..."
$18.95
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Shakespeare Little Thinker
25.  Shakespeare Little Thinker by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for literature and drama classrooms, lectures and  displays! // There is a finger puppet of him too made by this same group! LOL [Separate search] UPG offers other writer finger puppets: Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Hemmingway, Joyce, Twain, Wilde, etc. See their website for details."
$18.95
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Queen Elizabeth I Little Thinker Doll
26.  Queen Elizabeth I Little Thinker Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "QUEEN ELIZABETH I--A fine edition to literature and history classes."
$18.95

Charlie Chaplin Little Thinker Doll
27.  Charlie Chaplin Little Thinker Doll by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Drama and Film students will appreciate this little tramp!"
$18.95
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Philosophers Guild Sherlock Holmes Magnetic Personality
28.  Philosophers Guild Sherlock Holmes Magnetic Personality by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Fun for the British Literature Classroom...and maybe even your Criminal Justice classrooms. // On Amazon: there is also a Sherlock Holmes action figure! LOL"
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Napoleon Bonaparte Magnetic Finger Puppet
29.  Napoleon Bonaparte Magnetic Finger Puppet by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for history, political science, social science, and maybe even psychology courses! LOL He can also be used for "Key Figures and Periods" lessons in Humanities courses."
$6.95
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Philosophers Guild Lincoln Magnetic Personality
30.  Philosophers Guild Lincoln Magnetic Personality by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild
The list author says:
  "Great for history, political science, social science, and maybe even psychology courses! LOL He can also be used for "Key Figures and Periods" lessons in Humanities courses. // The makers of this offer a variety of finger puppets / presidents! Check out the Obama one!"
$6.00
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Carl Jung Action Figure
31.  Carl Jung Action Figure by Accoutrements
The list author says:
  "Embrace the study of your inner myths..."
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Edgar Allen Poe Action Figure
32.  Edgar Allen Poe Action Figure by Accoutrements
The list author says:
  "Spooky for Lit Class! Boredom... Nevermore!"
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Jane Austen Action Figure
33.  Jane Austen Action Figure by Accoutrements
The list author says:
  "Another Lit class favorite!"
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Basic Beat Single Egg Shaker
34.  Basic Beat Single Egg Shaker by Basic Beat
The list author says:
  "Great fun for music appreciation classes, team work, and teaching basic rhythm"
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REMO Thunder Tube, 2.32" Diameter, 7" Length, 'Starry Night' Graphics
35.  REMO Thunder Tube, 2.32" Diameter, 7" Length, 'Starry Night' Graphics by Remo
The list author says:
  "Make some noise with this thunder tube! The Starry Night Design makes a great conversation for art / humanities classes. Science classes can study how it works and why."
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7" Extra Small Authentic Handmade Djembe Drum - Traditional African Musical Instrument
36.  7" Extra Small Authentic Handmade Djembe Drum - Traditional African Musical Instrument by African Music
The list author says:
  "This is a great conversation starter for music classes and classes related to rhythm and world culture. It's easy to display and show."
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United States,
37.  United States, by Hugg-A-Planet
The list author says:
  "Go on and embrace geography! LOL Fun for US History and Literature."
$19.75

Mars, Hugg-a-Planet,
38.  Mars, Hugg-a-Planet, by Hugg-A-Planet
The list author says:
  "I've used this when speaking about Mars is popular myth, human culture, and science with great effect. Students love it."
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Pinocchio Marionette
39.  Pinocchio Marionette by Sunny Puppets
The list author says:
  "Marionettes make excellent examples for lessons in philosophy, concepts such as Free Will, Determinism, etc. // Can also be used to illustrate control, power, relationships, etc."
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