Think with Imagination

Jerry Rhodes Founder of Thunkies and this Educational Trust
Jerry Rhodes: Founder of Rhodes Educational Trust

Rhodes' Educational Trust: The Purpose

Imagination, creativity and the skills of metacognition are among the essential tools of the mind for your children now and for their future, especially with AI. The Trust brings all these skills to you and your family, drawn from Jerry Rhodes’ unique research and world-wide teaching on Thinking-Intentions, affectionately known as ‘Thunks’ and for children called ‘Thunkies’.

Parents are the most important educators of their children. You are developing their imagination and thinking skills as you listen, talk and play with them. Our family-friendly books, games and activities will help you enrich what you do. They give you easy access to the creative resources of a new pathway into metacognition with Thunkies for children.

First, you need to learn about your own Thinking-Intentions and how metacognition plays into your family life. Our unique resources will take you on a new journey into your own mind.

Metacognition in everyday life: we all do it

Metacognition for the future

Uniquely, due to Jerry Rhodes special interest in creativity, the results of his research integrates imagination with critical thinking and emotional intelligence, including empathy. This integration will give you an understanding of how your imagination drives your mind, usually unrecognised and unacknowledged.

Corporate leaders are way ahead of schools in realising how vital these methods are and that’s why, even though he is an experienced teacher, Jerry chose to undertake his research and teaching in leading businesses rather than in schools. The corporate sector understands that effective metacognition is good for business, since a wholistic appreciation of what people can bring to their work transforms the ethos in a company. 

Inspired by the many men and women he met in business who asked whether he would bring his Thinking-Intentions to families, Jerry set up his educational trust to do just that. Both Jerry, and his associates, have taken them to schools and families in the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand. Now, for the first time, you can access the Thinking-Intentions resources on this site.

Home Alone Harry

Our First Children’s Picture Book

Harry is a mischievous young dog, adored by his family, Dad and Mum, Maisie and Max.  Meet the magical Thunkies for metacognition and discover how they save Harry when he causes chaos in the home. 

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