Thinking Tools Templates for Teachers: 34 Blackline Masters (Printable PDF) READ MORE…



NOTE: This is an introductory price. Please honour my IP and only use this resource for your personal classroom. A whole-school licence is an affordable option to inspire your colleagues to embrace thinking skills in their classroom practice. You can buy the whole-school licenceĀ here.

Teachers: I created this resource with 34 thinking tools templates to help you save time and effort, and to make your lessons more exciting and challenging for your students.

The Thinking Tools Templates will help make it easy to weave foundation and higher-order thinking tools into your classroom lessons every day. Simply print copies of the thinking tool template you want to use in your classrooms with your students. This is how you create your thinking classroom – by making cognitive and cooperative thinking tools a natural part of your students’ everyday learning.

You will soon notice that when your students use thinking tools in their lessons every day, they become more engaged, more proactive and have a lot more fun.

The ‘sister’ ebook to this resource is the Thinking Tools Templates: 34 projectables for your whiteboard, available in our shop soon. You simply project the thinking tool of your choice onto your whiteboard and fill in the data on your whiteboard as your students’ ideas flow.

The Thinking Tools Templates complement my signature book, “Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies: How to create your thinking classroom with 42 practical and engaging thinking tools”. This book shows you how to teach thinking tools confidently so you can love your job more and create your ultimate thinking classroom. Importantly, it also guides you to teach your students how to use thinking tools so they can become vibrant, independent thinkers. Reflections has sold 35,000 copies and remains a trusted teaching resource for teachers and graduates


“The best learning takes place when the teacher is quiet.

But this depends on:

i) A clear question or activity (containing a task verb);

ii) An appropriate thinking tool (e.g. a Double Bubble Map); and

iii) A clear time frame (e.g. you have 20 minutes: go!)


Here’s a sample page from this resource containing 34 thinking tools templates. The Double Bubble Map with Perspectives is a great thinking tool to ‘compare’ two objects or ideas with greater depth.

Rodin_Thinking Tool Templates_Double Bubble Map with Perspectives


BY Eric Frangenheim

Educational consultant and author

Rodin Educational Consultancy