In February 2018 Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert had the opportunity to visit a very interesting school within a school in the Netherlands and took away some interesting lessons for educators everywhere.
What Can We Learn From a School Where Teachers Don’t Teach and Children Choose Why, What, How, When and If They Want to Learn?
Making Children Learn vs Making Children Learners
Independent Thinking Founder Ian Gilbert gets off his chest what has been bugging him about the latest 'This is how we learn' practice with the help of design evangelist Chase Buckley.
The Spelling Test Reloaded
Many a Thursday night has been spoiled by having to prepare for the Friday morning spelling test beloved of so many primary schools. How about stirring things up a bit...?
Keeping It Simple
Brace yourself as Professor Paul Clarke takes you through what we can learn from slime about creativity, complexity and creating a whole new, wholly natural, organisational model
The Importance of Visual Education
Associate and our 'official' photographer, Jane Hewitt, describes the power of photography to shock, to inform, to learn and to help young people (and ourselves) see the world with new eyes. All photos by Jane, of course.
10 Things I Love About Being Dyslexic
Written by Ian Gilbert’s 19 year-old ‘dyslexic’ daughter to help with the current debate about what it is, and whether it is at all.
Let's Play Master and Servant - Character Education
Phil Beadle tells us what he really thinks about 'character education' and the problem of what it means for children today.
The Secret Weapon
MFL specialist Crista Hazell on encouraging her students to speak with help from her 'secret weapon'
It's Just Nuts on a Plate
I think I’ve read more education research in the last few years than at any point in my teaching career. Some of it has made me think differently about my practice and some of it has cemented my beliefs. Based on what I see on Twitter I suppose that’s the point. Yet rather than opening up the debate about good teaching, what seems to be happening far more frequently is research being used to tell teachers in no uncertain terms exactly how to teach.
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