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  2. Hi Lisa,

    I’m a relatively new teacher and follow your blogs (which I’m thankful for!), trying to incorporate your ideas where possible. However, with thought bombing to teach An Inspector Calls (or other plays / novels), do you essentially divulge the plot before studying the text, or use it as a consolidation after finishing the reading? Or, can either be effective?



    • You can do whatever works best for you but I stayed away from the plot altogether. I used it to explore the idea of social responsibility by having an art gallery of images of class. The images appeared to say one thing and the thought bombs changed their minds. The question was simply “What’s going on here?” They then used the idea of social responsibility and applied later when reading the play. Hope that makes sense?? I might still have the images and questions if you would like me to send them?

      • Hi again,

        Yes that makes much more sense, thanks. And if you did have the images and questions it would be a great help!

        I’m getting on quite well with teaching (I think!), but I do sometimes struggle to make things fun for the kids. Your ideas are much appreciated; please keep them coming!

        • I haven’t found the images yet (bit rubbish at filing) but as soon as I do ill send them through along with anything else that I think you might find useful for learning fun xx

  3. Hi
    I’m sooo interested in your ideas – they seem great! I was wondering if you could email me an example of the images you use for the thought bombing as I love this idea! Also could you explain Manglish a bit more or any more ideas – I live in Oban which is miles away from any teachmeets although I’d love to participate one day! Thank you so much for your inspiration! Claire

    • Hi, I’m pleased you like my ideas. Lots more bubbling away. If you google Lisa Ashes Manglish you will find a few sessions of me explaining it in more detail on you tube. The book should be finished by the end of Summer 🙂 I’m looking for the art gallery images as we speak and shall email them through to you along with the generic example too. Hope they’re useful. Where is that you live? We have a big Teach Meet worth travelling to on December 7th. Pedagoo Wonderland. It will be like no other Teach Meet ever! Even better than Sunshine.

  4. Great post. I’m thinking of doing this with computing. In the event of Armageddon i.e. asteroid strike or any Doomsday natural disaster, asking students what one computing device would they keep and why. It could be a mobile phone, laptop, video camera etc. Thought bombs may be things like “there is no electricity” or “the phone network has gone down” or “Smartphone network crash”.

    My questions are:

    What group sizes would you divide a class into; pairs, three’s, fours?
    Do the students read the bombs and then pass them on to the next group?
    Did you literally get balls from a ball pool and spray paint them black?

    Thanks for your wonderful ideas again.

    • Hi, that sounds like an awesome lesson! Answers to your questions: I like groups of 3 best. It seems like the perfect number as it is more likely that all pupils will join in and there are still enough heads for good discussion. After you’ve thrown all your bombs, you can tell pupils to bomb other tables. That will get messy and noisy but it’s fun! Finally… Yep! Literally balls from a ball pool, used poster paint to turn them black and sprinkled a bit of glitter on top. Let me know how the lesson goes 🙂

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