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Beyond Differentiation

An Introduction to Thunks

Thunks are the inadvertent lovechild of Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert and a Philosophy for Children project he was involved in a million years go. Find out what they are and how to use them here.

Three-minute read

A Corridor of Curiosities

Associate and Primary deputy head Jonathan Lear has helped create a Corridor of Curiosity at his multicultural inner-city primary school. Find out what it is, who inspired him, how he went about it and why he did it.

Five-minute read

The Sacred Gift of Learning

Our friend and Associate colleague Mike Brearley passed away in October this year. This, one of his last pieces, captures his beliefs about the power of education.

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Don’t Just Learn There, Think Something!

An article on thinking, learning and not just being logical by the man behind the Thunks phenomenon and Independent Thinking founder, Ian Gilbert.

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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 equally interesting lessons for educators everywhere.

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The Google Pause

Next time you feel yourself reaching for your smartphone to check an answer, try something else instead - a google Pause inspired by our very own Agent of Wonder Dr Matthew McFall.

Two-minute read

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 from Ian Gilbert.

Three-minute read

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