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Jazz Up Learning & Teaching: Students Become Thinkers!

Arcturus70 "Arcturus70"
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!"
Leonardo da Vinci Little Thinker Doll
Leonardo da Vinci Little Thinker Doll
"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]"
Global Warming Mug
Global Warming Mug
"Seeing is believing? :) Novelty mug...must get me one soon!"
Coloring Mandalas 1
Coloring Mandalas 1
"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."
Stonehenge: Build Your Own Ancient Wonder
Stonehenge: Build Your Own Ancient Wonder
"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! :)"
Galileo Galilei Little Thinker Doll
Galileo Galilei Little Thinker Doll
"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."
Great Scientists Finger Puppet Set
Great Scientists Finger Puppet Set
"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."
Charles Darwin Little Thinker Plush Doll
Charles Darwin Little Thinker Plush Doll
"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!"
Go Fish for Art: Renaissance
Go Fish for Art: Renaissance
"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!"
Artist Finger Puppet Set: The Great Artists
Artist Finger Puppet Set: The Great Artists
"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!"
Go Fish for Art Impressionist
Go Fish for Art Impressionist
"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!"
Go Fish for Art- Modern Artists Cards
Go Fish for Art- Modern Artists Cards
"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!"
Van Gogh & Friends Go Fish for Art
Van Gogh & Friends Go Fish for Art
"Plan to buy soon! :)"
Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
"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!"
Phases of the Moon Read a Mat Placemat - Glows in the Dark!
Phases of the Moon Read a Mat Placemat - Glows in the Dark!
"More tools for moon phases! Great for tables and desks."
Uncle Milton Homestar
Uncle Milton Homestar
"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!"
4M Glow-In-The-Dark Mini Stars - Pack of 60
4M Glow-In-The-Dark Mini Stars - Pack of 60
"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."
Earth Tales from Around the World
Earth Tales from Around the World
"This book contains a version of the myth mentioned above. [See the cover image!] :)"
Great Composers Finger Puppet Set
Great Composers Finger Puppet Set
"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!"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Little Thinker
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Little Thinker
"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."
AXIS OF EVIL FINGER PUPPET SET
AXIS OF EVIL FINGER PUPPET SET
"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."
Great Revolutionaries Puppet Set
Great Revolutionaries Puppet Set
"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."
Great Psychologists Finger Puppet Set
Great Psychologists Finger Puppet Set
"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."
Sigmund Freud Little Thinker Doll
Sigmund Freud Little Thinker Doll
"Any comment here could reveal something LOL // There is also a finger puppet version of him...hmmmm..."
Shakespeare Little Thinker
Shakespeare Little Thinker
"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."
Queen Elizabeth I Little Thinker Doll
Queen Elizabeth I Little Thinker Doll
"QUEEN ELIZABETH I--A fine edition to literature and history classes."
Charlie Chaplin Little Thinker Doll
Charlie Chaplin Little Thinker Doll
"Drama and Film students will appreciate this little tramp!"
Philosophers Guild Sherlock Holmes Magnetic Personality
Philosophers Guild Sherlock Holmes Magnetic Personality
"Fun for the British Literature Classroom...and maybe even your Criminal Justice classrooms. // On Amazon: there is also a Sherlock Holmes action figure! LOL"
Napoleon Bonaparte Magnetic Finger Puppet
Napoleon Bonaparte Magnetic Finger Puppet
"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."
Philosophers Guild Lincoln Magnetic Personality
Philosophers Guild Lincoln Magnetic Personality
"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!"
Carl Jung Action Figure
Carl Jung Action Figure
"Embrace the study of your inner myths..."
Edgar Allen Poe Action Figure
Edgar Allen Poe Action Figure
"Spooky for Lit Class! Boredom... Nevermore!"
Jane Austen Action Figure
Jane Austen Action Figure
"Another Lit class favorite!"
Basic Beat Single Egg Shaker
Basic Beat Single Egg Shaker
"Great fun for music appreciation classes, team work, and teaching basic rhythm"
REMO Thunder Tube, 2.32" Diameter, 7" Length, 'Starry Night' Graphics
REMO Thunder Tube, 2.32" Diameter, 7" Length, 'Starry Night' Graphics
"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."
7" Extra Small Authentic Handmade Djembe Drum - Traditional African Musical Instrument
7" Extra Small Authentic Handmade Djembe Drum - Traditional African Musical Instrument
"This is a great conversation starter for music classes and classes related to rhythm and world culture. It's easy to display and show."
United States,
United States,
"Go on and embrace geography! LOL Fun for US History and Literature."
Mars, Hugg-a-Planet,
Mars, Hugg-a-Planet,
"I've used this when speaking about Mars is popular myth, human culture, and science with great effect. Students love it."
Pinocchio Marionette
Pinocchio Marionette
"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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