Sunshine Coast educational consultant Eric Frangenheim should be enjoying semi-retirement after more than 48 years as a teacher, consultant and author, however his passion for education has instead seen him publish four new e-books for teachers and business leaders.
Eric relocated to Moffat Beach from Brisbane in 2016 with his wife Terri to enjoy a sea change and to be near two of their daughters and their families, including six of their grandchildren, who also live in Moffat Beach.
He expected to reduce his workload after racking up thousands of air miles travelling to hundreds of schools and universities across Australia and New Zealand over the past 25 years presenting workshops and demonstration lessons as a consultant, teacher-in-residence or ‘critical friend’.
Eric also presents to government and corporate departments across diverse industries and encourages his corporate clients to use thinking tools to spark ideas, improve engagement and achieve outcomes at meetings and training sessions which need never be dull!
Eric’s four new books build on the principles shared in his best-selling print book, Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies, which is now in its 11th edition, has sold 35,000 copies and is a recommended text at many universities.
“I have written these resources to encourage the use of critical, creative and co-operative thinking skills and related thinking tools in the daily classroom. Students must become familiar with the language of thinking skills, such as the common SWOT Analysis, but also the Double Bubble Map, Extended Pros:Cons:Questions, Decision Making Matrix and the Think:Pair:Share to structure their cognitive thinking and to think at higher levels.
Teachers want their classroom environment to be vibrant and engaging, and they want to enjoy teaching.
I strongly believe that is the most important skill we can give our students – is how to think and what strategies to help them scaffold their thinking. I still love seeing how thinking tools give students ownership over their learning, which is the best outcome for their future success.”
Eric’s four new e-books include the Thinking Tools Templates, Cartoon Conversations, The Reconciliation of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, a lesson planning template for primary schools, and the e-book of Reflections on Thinking Strategies, his best-selling print book for teachers. Reflections on Thinking Strategies, 11th edition, is also available in print form from his website at www.rodineducation.com.au.
Eric started teaching in 1970 in Zimbabwe and migrated to Queensland in 1987.
He has held the roles of teacher, Head of Department and Deputy Principal, Education Adviser for Gifted and Talented students with Education Queensland from 1989-92 and co-ordinated the Gifted and Talented program at an independent school in Brisbane from 1993-95. He then launched his own Rodin Education Consultancy in 1995.
He has also travelled to present in Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, India (where he has twice worked on a pro-bono basis with Tibetan teachers in exile), Abu Dhabi, the USA and South Africa,
Eric’s e-books and can be ordered through Apple, Amazon, Google Play or Kobo via Eric’s website at www.rodineducation.com.au/Shop.