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But what is a Floorbook?

 

Blog written by Steven Watson. Do you want to write a guest blog? Email Steven for more information. 

Welcome to Floorbooks Friday, a blogging session in which we at Mindstretchers will try to answer some of the common questions surrounding Floorbooks as well ideas and tips for their use. Floorbooks are part of the Talking and Thinking Floorbook Approach™ as developed by Claire Warden (1994) in her book Talking and Thinking Floorbooks (3rd ed, 2015).

For our first ever Floorbooks Friday we have decided to answer the age old question “but what actually is a Floorbook?” There are many different descriptions and uses of a Floorbook, and as such it can be easy to get confused as to what a Floorbook actually is. We have compiled a list of 4 main definitions of a Floorbook to help you get started on your Floorbooks journey.

 

 

A Floorbook is...

A child-led learning resource

 A key aspect of the Floorbook is that the approach is child-led. Children decide what the flow of the lesson will be depending on what has taken their interest, with adults being able to develop these ideas further.

Using what children are interested in to create lessons allows the curriculum to be carried out in an innovative and fun way.

 

 

A Floorbook is...

A method of developing Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)

Floorbooks encourage children to question and be critical of concepts which they hold a personal interest in. By challenging children to create links in their own learning we can develop higher order thinking.

Floorbooks are a method of finding out what children know before, during and after a block of structured experiences. They are therefore a great record of showing how HOTS have improved.

 

 

A Floorbook is...

A Planning Tool

Through use of a Floorbook practitioners can create Possible Lines of Development (PLODs) which will allow for future lesson planning.

3D mind mapping and Talking Tubs are often at the centre of a lesson involving floorbooks. From this it is easy for practitioners to see what children are interested in and therefore what future lessons can cover.

 

 

A Floorbook is...

At the heart of excellent child centered learning

When used to their full extent, Floorbooks will be at the heart of your practice through the Talking and Thinking Floorbooks Approach.

Children can access a Floorbook whenever they wish to, and floorbooks can be used on as and when is appropriate to create and support lessons. Adopting the approach in your setting will create an environment of listening and encouragement which children will flourish in.


You can learn more about Floorbooks at Claire Warden’s “Introduction to Floorbooks” online course. Of course, there are many more definitions, key features and benefits of a Floorbook than just the four listed above. It is also a genuine record of children’s voices, a way to engage with all types of learners, a collaborative project, a source of pride for children, an exhibit to show parents, a Monet of ideas, a piece of art, and much, much more.

For a much more in-depth lesson on Floorbooks and how they can benefit your practice, check our training dates to find training near you. Alternatively you can email steph@mindstretchers.co.uk to discuss bespoke training in your setting.

Blog by Steven Watson with help from Senior Trainer Kate Hookham

Do you have an idea for a blog or is there something you’d like discussed? Email steven.watson@mindstretchers.co.uk

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