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Are We Refusing to Learn From Lockdown?

Associate (Real) David Cameron poses an important question that is vexing him during the current transformation of the education system - are we all refusing to learn from lockdown?

Stories Not Worksheets

Drama specialist Paul Bateson shares his experience of what happens when you ignore the worksheets left out for you for the cover lesson and employ some storytelling magic instead. Part of the INSET Junction series.

You Are Not Alone

We are collating an on-going list of links, ideas, websites, blogs and more to help educators and leaders (and human beings) during this difficult time. Please help yourselves and let us know what else we can add.

With School Closed... Part Two

Part Two of a blog from Associate and edtech guru Mark Anderson on keeping the learning going when school is closed - with plenty of ideas for primary schools too (and not all tech related either).

With School Closed... Part One

We asked our resident tech guru and Associate Mark Anderson for his views on what schools can be doing to ensure continuity of great teaching and learning if/when* Coronavirus shuts them down.

* Depending on which country you live in and where you get your news

The Six Roles of the Ancient Teacher – Which Will You Be Today?

What can we learn from the ancient teachers of India about the sort of teacher we can be today? A guest post by educator and trainer Valentina Mahesh in India.

Thunks on the Business of Learning

The great business guru Peter Drucker used to say that there were only two questions to ask a business: What business are you in? How's business? W ...

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?

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.

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...?

The Google Pause

Next time you feel yourself reaching for your smartphone to check an answer, try something else instead.

A Pedagogy of Questioning

The better the questioning, the harder the thinking, the deeper the learning. Here are 34 questions for starters to use with - and be used by - your learners.

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