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If your knees aren’t dirty you haven’t been working hard enough

Associate Jarlath O'Brien with a reminder about how we need to focus on what's important in school, not just what makes us look good.

Four-minute read

Vectoring Assets to Kinetic Situations

Cutting through the rubbish - the words we use make a big difference to the outcomes we end up with. So says Associate and former special school headteacher Jarlath O'Brien.

Two-minute read

It Isn’t What You Teach

Associate Will Ryan shares the eight common factors he has observed in classrooms where the teaching and learning makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

Five-minute read

You've Got This Part I

Associate and performance poet Rhythmical Mike (AKA Mikey Markham) on life at school dealing with poverty, dyslexia and a sister who teachers thought were much cleverer than he was.

Four-minute read

ACES High

Independent Thinking was one of the lead partners in an amazing conference helping Scotland lead the way when it comes to looking at the impact on young people of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

Five-minute read

Beyond the Bake Sale Pt II

How one small Barnsley primary school is demonstrating a genuine 'pedagogy of possibility' and making the world better in the process.

Three-minute read

33 Ways To Build Better Relationships

Drawing on his experience working with schools across the UK to help them embrace restorative practices, these are 33 ways Associate Mark Finnis suggests will build better relationships to make everything better.

Three-minute read

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.

Five-minute read

The Only Fresh Air Is Outside in the Yard

When Associate and university-based teacher trainer Martin Illingworth offered to contribute to our forthcoming book The Working Class, it sowed the seed for something more than simply the written word.

Nine-minute watch

In Difficult Times - A Unique Perspective

With the terrible events that have taken place in the country in recent weeks, we asked Associate, ex-SAS Major and former head of the UK's Counter Terrorism Unit, Floyd Woodrow what messages he has for the children in our classrooms.

Four-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

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.

Five-minute read

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