For family activities and your thinking skills
Normally you never think about your thinking. You just do it – without ever considering how you do it. It’s a bit like playing tennis, football, snooker or any other physical game, without knowing how you are using your body. You can get so far… but if you want to play a game really well you need to understand ‘how’ to use your body – and then steer the changes, consciously. But since thinking is invisible, how can you do this?
It all started many years ago with my interest in creativity. I began by identifying what makes some people very creative. This drew me into a research project in Philips, Eindhoven, with the question “How do effective people think?”
During our four-year investigation we identified universal core thinking activities. We labelled them ‘Thinking-Intentions’: affectionately called them Thunks – this name stuck! So easy to recognise. We clustered them into three groups to signify the three central Super Thunks. It was an exciting break-through.
Cutting a long story short, several years later I found that people loved to assess their own thinking. So we created an Assessment questionnaire. It worked so well for everyone that it has been translated into 6 other languages besides English. It was another exciting break-through.
Since then many thousands of men and women in business and universities have assessed their thinking, including scientists, artists, managers, health-workers, teachers, university students, and teenage children at school.
Many people at work found this so helpful that they asked, “Why not at home?” In order to do this, I established our educational Trust. Alongside our new Assessment for folk at home, we added child-friendly cartoon characters, called Thunkies. Parents could then also bring their own chldren into this wonderful world of Metacognition. Here are the children’s three central Super Thunkies.