Articles & Publications

This section contains a wide range of JONK related publications that have been published in various sources over the last twenty years.

These publications are designed to provide you with a wealth of resources that can be easily adapted and adopted within your setting and as part of your everyday practice. Please let me know through the Enquiries form if you would like to have access to the full articles listed here or if you would like me to send you signed copies of the book of starters ‘Start Thinking’ at a JONK network discounted rate.

Start Thinking

Start Thinking

Daily Starters to Inspire Thinking in Primary Classrooms
Marcelo Staricoff and Alan Rees
Imaginative Minds 2005

This best-selling book contains more than a hundred ideas with which to greet the children when they first come into the classroom. 
The book contains chapters on English, Mathematics, Science, Philosophy, The Arts and Creativity.
Each starter in the book is illustrated with examples of ideas from children who have been inspired by these, from Nursery to Y6. 
                                            The articles below show the impact that the Starters have when used as part of the daily routine of the classroom.
                                            I would be delighted to send you a signed copy for you to enjoy.

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Here Comes The Philosophy Man

The Joy Of Not Knowing

Start The Day On A Thought

Laying The Foundations For Young Thinkers

The Joy Of Not Knowing Even More

Nurturing Creative Thinking

A Thinking Skills Approach


Success Stories

I have already had some very positive feedback about the session so many many thanks for your contributions

- PGCE Course Leader

I'm a PGCE Primary student at Brighton and was really inspired by your lecture today. I studied Philosophy as part of my degree and love the idea of incorporating that into my lessons at school.

- Student | University of Brighton

We are 2 PGCE students at Brighton University and were recently at your highly inspiring lecture. We are currently on a placement in a year 3 class and have been given the opportunity to run a learning to learn/ PSHE day on the first day back after half term. We would like this day to focus on team building and PSHE type games in order to re-establish class rules and relationships. There is currently a lot of low level disruptions and behaviour issues, which is inhibiting learning. We would like to address these issues- can you help?

- Student | University of Brighton

I just wanted to drop you a little message to thank you for bringing in Marcelo this morning. To put it simply, he was utterly inspiring. His philosophy, ideas and approach to teaching has instilled in me a great deal of enthusiasm ahead of SBT2 and I cannot wait to get going again.

- Teacher

Thank you! The lecture you gave today at Brighton University was superb, a real inspiration to see that it is still possible to create a more holistic approach to learning that isn’t ruled by the chasing of numbers and figures; that views children as human beings with infinite potential rather than statistics. I would love to have any further tips you are willing to share that would help me implement this ethos into my teaching approach. I really felt that the information you provided today complemented yesterday’s lecture on ability grouping and has given me plenty of food for thought about my practice in the future.

- Teacher

Firstly, thank you for such a refreshing lecture this morning. Speaking with fellow students, it's easy to get bogged down with worrying about planning and progression and levels, but this morning has been an exciting reminder of the joys of working with children. I noticed you mentioned maths investigations in your presentations which really interested me. I am teaching my first lesson of this placement this week, and have been asked to focus on an investigation that uses multiplication. Although I have looked at various websites and books I am yet to be inspired. Do you know of any resources that may be of use to me? I am working with a year 3 class of varied ability and really want to inspire and engage them, but so far I am not finding anything which I think could successfully do this.

- Teacher