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Taking Your School Online - Lessons from Week One

We asked Dr Mónica Gilbert-Sáez, principal of Rotterdam International Secondary School, what lessons the school had learned from its first week of enforced school closure due to Covid-19 and the move to online learning.

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Independent Thinking On Loss

A short video about bereavement and loss created for teachers and school leaders by Ian Gilbert with Phoebe Gilbert and Winston's Wish.

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Teachers as Inventors, not Scientists

Teachers of the world! It's time to rejoice in our role, not as scientists doing what the research tells us, but as inventors. Then, Ian Gilbert suggests, we can let the research catch up with us.

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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.

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The Golden Age of Curriculum Design

The Golden Age of Curriculum Design is ahead of us according to Associate Will Ryan. A fascinating long-read blog on how we can grasp the opportunity we have to make teaching and learning come alive for all our children.

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"I Agree"

Teacher, Independent Thinking Associate and author of Unhomework shares the secret of not spending your evenings and weekends marking.

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Thunks on the Business of Learning

Ian Gilbert was recently asked to put together some Thunks linked to schools and schooling. Here are his 31 Thunks on the business of learning.

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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.

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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).

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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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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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So You Want to Build a New School?

We were recently asked for our advice about building a new school from scratch in Europe. This was Ian Gilbert's controversial  - and very popular - check-list by way of a reply.

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