Skip to the content

“Now, I love a good question and Independent Thinking have set me a real corker - how can I bring a bit of awe and wonder into my class?

Once a Forest

Well, for such an important question, I'd want to start with myself, seeking something that makes me go 'wow!' and that's brought me here to this site which was once a massive ancient oak forest. Now, one day that forest might return, and this is the way to that transformation [shows an acorn].

The Nature Table

It's a remarkable seed, full of potential, and I'd like to grow a nature table with this acorn at its very heart.

I'd share it with my pupils and colleagues and just see what happens. I'd expect some interesting conversations and some observations, maybe even new contributions because in my experience nature tables (a special type of cabinet of curiosities) are like living things and when they have life and energy in them, they grow.

Celebrate Life

So, in answer to the question, I would create a little display, however humble, that celebrates life and its potentials and I'd nurture it and just see what happens...

Let me know how you get on - and remember the wise old proverb ‘Large streams from little fountains flow, mighty oaks from little acorns grow’.


I'm Dr Matthew McFall wondering for Independent Thinking - and thank you for watching this live stream…


You can check out all the other 'tracks' on our CPD Jukebox by clicking here.

Call us on +44(0)1267 211432 or email for a chat about working with Matthew and for details on how to save money when you book.

About the author

Dr Matthew McFall

Dr Matthew McFall

Dr Matthew McFall is an expert on the application of curiosity, wonder and even magic in the classroom to improve learning and motivation. He is the author of The Little Book of Awe and Wonder for the Independent Thinking Press

Make a booking, ask a question, panic. All acceptable.

Give us a call on +44 (0)1267 211432 or drop us a line at

We promise to get back to you reassuringly quickly.