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Independent Thinking [Paperback]

Ian Gilbert
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Book Description

12 Dec 2013 1781350558 978-1781350553

Do things no one does, or do things everyone does in a way no one does.

See the same world you've always seen and that everyone else sees, but think new thoughts.

Get children to think in order to make the world better further down the line.

Fight back.

Think for yourself, before it's too late and before someone else does it for you.

Written by Independent Thinking founder and award-winning author Ian Gilbert, this book is an invaluable collection of reflections, ideas and insights on the nature of learning, thinking, creativity and, drawing on Ian's experience across three continents, the role education has in changing not only people's lives but also entire societies. Controversial, humorous and challenging, this book is both moving and personal yet carries an important global call to action from a man with a distinctive voice and a unique perspective who has earned the right to speak his mind.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing (12 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781350558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781350553
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Gilbert is one of the UK's leading educational innovators, speakers and writers with twenty years experience working with young people and educationalists around the world. He is the founder of Independent Thinking Ltd, the editor of the Independent Thinking Series of books and the author of a number of titles including Why Do I Need a Teacher When I've Got Google?. His book The Little Book of Thunks won the first education book award from the Society of Authors for 'an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction that enhances teaching and learning'.

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I enjoyed the latest book by my namesake - but not relative I should hasten to add! 'Independent Thinking' is a teacher friendly book in many ways.

First, for busy classroom teachers like me it can be dipped in and out of and we'll find treasure on any page: a pearl of wisdom to motivate you; a wonderful thunk to get you re-thinking a subject with a fascinating question; a meditation upon the purposes of education to make you think about why you're teaching; an incisive observation about young people to make you see them in a different light; an autobiographical reflection to help you see how we're all connected by our common familial experiences; points to help you be a better parent or professional.

Second, this book is informed by a philosophy which is both coherent and creative; there is a unifying theme that permeates it which is possibly encapsulated by one of Gilbert's aphorisms: 'Creativity starts with 'If only…' Mediocrity ends with it'. --Francis Gilbert, author of 'I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here'

What an engaging read, splattered with gems which will make you think and think again about life, living, dying and what education, teaching and schools are, and how, at their best might, they might excite and influence. Idiosyncratic it is, with its Thunks and its apparent, kaleidoscopic randomness, but all the more worth reading because or despite of all that. --Christopher Day, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham

Ian Gilbert has provided us with a wonderful, entertaining smorgasbord of a read. The author offers insights into his personal history and charts the ways in which this has influenced his own intellectual development. In doing so, he continually challenges our assumptions and delivers some perceptive comments on current educational practice. Although the book differs from conventional educational offerings, readers will undoubtedly find themselves forced to rethink their ideas about the best way to prepare today's children for life in tomorrow's world. --Professor Maurice Galton, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

About the Author

Founder and Managing Director of aptly named Independent Thinking Ltd, Ian Gilbert is the author of the bestselling 'Essential Motivation in the Classroom'.

He set up Independent Thinking Ltd to 'enrich the lives of young people by changing the way they think.' He has worked with thousands of young people, teachers, parents and governors both in the UK and abroad.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Judge it by its cover 17 Feb 2014
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The book lives up to its cover. Ian Gilbert encourages us to adopt ideas and approaches that will go against the flow. In the present educational climate we must swim against the current. A timely and inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Snippets of wisdom that reassure 30 Dec 2013
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I love this book - in fact so much that I carry it round with me just to dip into when I need reminding of what really matters. It gives me reassurance when it seems that everyone else is going mad with crazy box ticking and "one size fits all teaching ideas and courage to believe in thinking differently. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essence made text! 22 Feb 2014
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This concise summary of Ian Gilbert's lifelong experience as an advocate of independent thinking, and its impact on teaching and learning, is masterly delivered in a poetic, almost mystical,series of aphorisms, parables, observations and thunks (something I will always associate Gilbert with) that infuses in the reader those profound if not disturbing questions about education in its most essential guise: thinking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pause for thought 21 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this book - the way it openly challenges each of us to think about how we view our own corner of the world and to consider how best we might serve this and future generations best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 19 Feb 2014
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Ian Gilbert at his best. Delivering little nuggets that help us reflect on our purpose. Keeps me fresh in the classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic inspirational book. 19 Feb 2014
By Cuerden
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If you only read one book about education, read this. Ian Gilbert, a breath of fresh air in a confused education system.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking 16 Feb 2014
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Ian Gilbert is a skilled author. He is skilled at getting you to think about reality and how it can be improved.
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