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A Perspective on the UK's Knife Crime Issue

Reading Stephen Pinker's latest book, Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert came across some interesting insights into violent crime and what to do about it.

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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 I

Frustrated by the message that children seem to be receiving that a bake sale will make everything better in the world, Ian Gilbert wrote this for his book Independent Thinking.

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What Lies Ahead for Teaching and Learning

Where is education, schools and schooling heading? Here are seven telling quotes to give some clues, compiled by Ian Gilbert.

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Why This Book Needed Writing

Apart from offering help and support to teachers working with young people growing up in poverty, our new book The Working Class seeks to replace the 'truths' being told with some of our own as outlined here by the book's editor, Ian Gilbert.

Ten-minute read and watch

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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Perceive

A challenging and profound read from our Professor Paul Clarke on perception, scientific understanding and how Edgar Allan Poe might have stumbled across the Big Bang Theory.

Five-minute read

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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Growth Mindset Made Simple

Growth Mindset summed up in four headings and one life-changing mantra by Ian Gilbert. Perfect for busy teachers.

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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

Three-minute read

What Would Nature Do?

Associate Professor Paul Clarke examines the need to rethink entirely the way we approach our education system, moving away from the broken mental model we use now and learning from nature in the process.

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