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ThinkBlocks are a tactile manipulative educational tool invented by Derek Cabrera.

Derek Cabrera

ThinkBlocks are a tactile manipulative educational tool invented by Derek Cabrera. ThinkBlocks (also called DSRP Blocks for the cognitive theory upon which they are based) were invented by Derek Cabrera and debuted at the Chicago International Toy Fair in November, 2007. Derek Cabrera, creator of ThinkBlocks, has said that his educational philosophy has been influenced by Jean Piaget's constructivism, and ThinkBlocks reflect this, particularly when used in conjunction with DSRP/Patterns of Thinking: a child becomes an active participant in "constructing" knowledge as he or she models ideas with the blocks.
He is also the inventor of MetaMaps and ThinkBlocks.

Systems theory

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Cabrera invented the blocks as a way to teach his graduate and doctoral students systems thinking at Cornell University.

DSRP

ThinkBlocks are designed to model concepts and build thinking skills based on the DSRP theory and method of thinking. ThinkBlocks (also called DSRP Blocks for the cognitive theory upon which they are based) were invented by Derek Cabrera and debuted at the Chicago International Toy Fair in November, 2007. Derek Cabrera, creator of ThinkBlocks, has said that his educational philosophy has been influenced by Jean Piaget's constructivism, and ThinkBlocks reflect this, particularly when used in conjunction with DSRP/Patterns of Thinking: a child becomes an active participant in "constructing" knowledge as he or she models ideas with the blocks.

Dodecahedron

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They were originally white, magnetic dodecahedra in three nested sizes, with one reflective side.

Facebook

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In March, 2012, the "Thinking at Every Desk" Facebook page announced the launch of "ThinkBlocks 2.0".

Jean Piaget

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Derek Cabrera, creator of ThinkBlocks, has said that his educational philosophy has been influenced by Jean Piaget's constructivism, and ThinkBlocks reflect this, particularly when used in conjunction with DSRP/Patterns of Thinking: a child becomes an active participant in "constructing" knowledge as he or she models ideas with the blocks.

Constructivism (philosophy of education)

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Derek Cabrera, creator of ThinkBlocks, has said that his educational philosophy has been influenced by Jean Piaget's constructivism, and ThinkBlocks reflect this, particularly when used in conjunction with DSRP/Patterns of Thinking: a child becomes an active participant in "constructing" knowledge as he or she models ideas with the blocks.

Montessori education

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Tactile manipulatives are popular in math subjects (especially in the elementary grades) and in Montessori education.

Ithaca City School District

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ThinkBlocks have been used extensively in pre-school, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary classroom settings, including by the Ithaca City School District in Ithaca, NY, and Fairfax County School District in Fairfax, VA.

Fairfax County Public Schools

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ThinkBlocks have been used extensively in pre-school, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary classroom settings, including by the Ithaca City School District in Ithaca, NY, and Fairfax County School District in Fairfax, VA.