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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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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.

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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. We asked Associate Mark Creasy for some thoughts on stirring things up a bit...?

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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.

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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.

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Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

Long-time Associate and '6ft ginger stand-up educationalist' Dave Keeling shares some of his favourite activities to get young people laughing and learning in equal measure.

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New (Academic) Year's Resolutions

Ever worry you might be getting into a rut in and out of the classroom? Well, here are 49 suggestions for what you can do to keep yourself - and those around you - on your toes all year long

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The Power Of With

Let Independent Thinking Associate and Restorative Practice expert Mark Finnis explain the wonderful power of 'with'.

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What If?

An article first published by the Secondary Heads Association (now ASCL) in 2004 and written by Ian Gilbert, founder of Independent Thinking. Watch out for imitations...

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