Ian Gilbert - Author

About the Author

Ian is an award-winning author and editor, a leading educational speaker and entrepreneur and a man who the IB World magazine named as one of its top 15 educational 'visionaries'. He established Independent Thinking in 1994 as a platform for leading practitioners to share their work in bringing the best out of all children. Currently based in Hong Kong, he has lived and worked in the UK, South America and the Middle East and so has a special perspective on classrooms and systems, what works and what definitely doesn't.

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There is Another Way The second big book of Independent Thinking

There is Another Way The second big book of Independent Thinking

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Ian Gilbert's There is Another Way: The second big book of independent thinking shares inspirational ideas from a number of contributors intended to inspire educators to do what they know is right - regardless of the pressures from above. We are living at a time when loud voices from inside and outside the profession are telling teachers and school leaders `this' is the way education should be done. This is how you should lead a school. This is how you should manage a class. This is how children should learn. This is what you should do to make children behave. These messages are given as if there is only one way to achieve these things - their way. However, with decades of experience working in all types of school around the globe, the many Associates of Independent Thinking know there is always another way. Ian Gilbert and the Associates combine their collective wisdom and experience to take a fresh look at the present and future of education and invite the reader to think, deeply, on what really matters and to reflect on their practice accordingly. Regardless of the reader's specialism or background, there is something for everyone in this diverse and insightful anthology. Edited by Ian Gilbert with chapters by Mark Anderson, Lisa Jane Ashes, Bethan Baez-Devine, Phil Beadle, Jackie Beere, David Cameron (The Real David Cameron), Paul Clarke, Tait Coles, Mark Creasy, Mark Finnis, Dave Harris, Crista Hazell, Martin Illingworth, Nina Jackson, Rachel Jones, Gill Kelly, Debra Kidd, Jonathan Lear, Trisha Lee, Roy Leighton, Matthew McFall, Sarah Pavey, Simon Pridham, Jim Roberson, Hywel Roberts, Martin Robinson, Dave Whitaker and Phil Wood. This book is for educators everywhere who know that children deserve something better. There is also a hardback edition available, ISBN 9781781352366. All of the royalties from sales of this book will go to the Big i Foundation.

The Working Class Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices

The Working Class Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/03/2018

In `The Working Class: Poverty, education and alternative voices`, Ian Gilbert unites educators from across the UK and further afield to call on all those working in schools to adopt a more enlightened and empathetic approach to supporting children in challenging circumstances. One of the most intractable problems in modern education is how to close the widening gap in attainment between the haves and the have-nots. Unfortunately, successive governments both in the UK and abroad have gone about solving it the wrong way. Independent Thinking founder Ian Gilbert's increasing frustration with educational policies that favour `no excuses' and `compliance', and that ignore the broader issues of poverty and inequality, is shared by many others across the sphere of education - and this widespread disaffection has led to the assembly of a diverse cast of teachers, school leaders, academics and poets who unite in this book to challenge the status quo. Their thought-provoking commentary, ideas and impassioned anecdotal insights are presented in the form of essays, think pieces and poems that draw together a wealth of research on the issue and probe and discredit the current view on what is best for children from poorer socio-economic backgrounds. Exploring themes such as inclusion, aspiration, pedagogy and opportunity, the contributions collectively lift the veil of feigned `equality of opportunity for all' to reveal the bigger picture of poverty and to articulate the hidden truth that there is always another way. This book is not about giving you all the answers, however. The contributors are not telling teachers or schools leaders how to run their schools, their classroom or their relationships - the field is too massive, too complex, too open to debate and to discussion to propose `off-the-shelf' solutions. Furthermore, the research referred to in this book is not presented in order to tell educators what to think, but rather to inform their own thinking and to challenge some of the dominant narratives about educating the `feckless poor'. This book is about helping educators to ask the right questions, and its starting question is quite simple: how can we approach the education of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in a way that actually makes a difference for all concerned? Written for policy makers and activists as well as school leaders and educators, The Working Class is both a timely survey of the impact of current policies and an invaluable source of practical advice on what can be done to better support disadvantaged children in the school system. Edited by Ian Gilbert with contributions from Nina Jackson, Tim Taylor, Dr Steven Watson, Rhythmical Mike, Dr Ceri Brown, Dr Brian Male, Julia Hancock, Paul Dix, Chris Kilkenny, Daryn Egan-Simon, Paul Bateson, Sarah Pavey, Dr Matthew McFall, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Hywel Roberts, Dr Kevin Ming, Leah Stewart, (Real) David Cameron, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Shona Crichton, Floyd Woodrow, Jonathan Lear, Dr Debra Kidd, Will Ryan, Andrew Morrish, Phil Beadle, Jaz Ampaw-Farr, Darren Chetty, Sameena Choudry, Tait Coles, Professor Terry Wrigley, Brian Walton, Dave Whitaker, Gill Kelly, Roy Leighton, Jane Hewitt, Jarlath O'Brien, Crista Hazell, Louise Riley, Mark Creasy, Martin Illingworth, Ian Loynd, David Rogers, Professor Mick Waters and Professor Paul Clarke. Click here to listen to The Working Class on Spotify - It covers all the music mentioned in the book plus a great deal more of working class music from across time and round the world!

Gilbert Filbert and his big MAD box

Gilbert Filbert and his big MAD box

Author: Ian Gilbert, Andy Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2016

Gilbert Filbert and His Big MAD Box, by Ian Gilbert and Andy Gilbert, is the story of one boy's desire to make a difference and help his mother find her smile again. It is a book about a boy, a box and a battle for a penguin but, more than that, it is a tale about families, hope and how to make dreams come true. When Gilbert's school project challenges him to 'make a difference', grandma introduces him to the mysterious big MAD box. Each of the sides helps Gilbert to focus on a different aspect of the challenge: setting a goal, identifying the reasons behind the goal, developing self-belief, possibility thinking, making a plan and taking action. Finally, Gilbert learns to appreciate what's inside and celebrate his unique qualities and attributes, which have helped him to succeed at his challenge. As grandma tells Gilbert, any problem is really an opportunity in a hat. The story is deliberately split into short chapters, each relating to a step in the thinking process. The resources provided mean readers can plan to make a difference of their own and develop their possibility thinking.Drawing on proven thinking and success strategies used by leading businesses and organisations, this entertaining, accessible and humorous book is designed to show young people the power of having a goal, having a plan and making a difference. A goal without a plan, they say, is just a wish. This book has been written especially for young people to show them how to set about turning wishes into reality by applying the sorts of planning tools usually only found in big business. The powerful set of thinking tools included in this book will help young people to develop habits of mind that will last a lifetime. The book can be read on a number of levels: * as an amusing story * as a method for developing young people's own thinking processes * as a tool for engaging groups of young people in their thinking * all of the above The book also includes a Gilbert Filbert big MAD box which you can cut out, or download and print, together with a finger questions sheet (this will make sense once you have read the book!). Suitable for young people (aged 11+) to use on their own thinking adventures.Also suitable for parents, teachers or anyone working with teenagers who wants to join in the journey.

There Is Another Way The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking

There Is Another Way The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2015

Edited by Ian Gilbert with chapters by Mark Anderson, Lisa Jane Ashes, Phil Beadle, Jackie Beere, David Cameron (The Real David Cameron), Paul Clarke, Tait Coles, Mark Creasy, Mark Finnis, Dave Harris, Crista Hazell, Martin Illingworth, Nina Jackson, Rachel Jones, Gill Kelly, Debra Kidd, Jonathan Lear, Trisha Lee, Roy Leighton, Matthew McFall, Sarah Pavey, Simon Pridham, Jim Roberson, Hywel Roberts, Martin Robinson, Bethan Stracy-Burbridge, Dave Whitaker, Phil Wood. We are living at a time when loud voices from inside and outside the profession are telling teachers and school leaders 'this' is the way education should be done. This is how you should lead a school. This is how you should manage a class. This is how children should learn. This is what you should do to make children behave. These messages are given as if there is only one way to achieve these things - their way. However, with decades of experience working in all types of school around the globe, the many associates of Independent Thinking know there is always another way. This book is for educators everywhere who are hearing these loud voices yet who know that children deserve something better.Full of inspiration and ideas for how to achieve just that, There is Another Way is a call to action to swim against the tide and reclaim the heart of education. All of the royalties from sales of this book will go to the Big i Foundation.

Independent Thinking

Independent Thinking

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2013

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.

The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools

The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools

Author: Ian Gilbert, et al. Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2010

The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools is written by best-selling author Ian Gilbert together with his three children. It is a very personal account of the way educational institutions tried and succeeded, tried and failed and sometimes didn't try at all to help William, Olivia and Phoebe come to terms with the death of their mother. Several months after their mother's death BBC's Newsround aired a brave and still controversial programme in which four children talked about their losses. This prompted Ian and his children to sit down and think about their own experiences and draw up a list of dos and don'ts that could help steer schools - and indeed all professionals working with children - towards a better understanding of what is needed from them at such a difficult time. The warmth of reception of this initial fifteen-point handout led the family to expand their advice and suggestions into what has now become The Little Book of Bereavement for Schools , the proceeds of which will go to Nicky's Way in Suffolk. You can be inspired by their courage and be brave and make death and bereavement in your school, something that can be acknowledged and talked about. It would be really something if a child in your care could one day say, When my Mum died, there was a teacher in my school who really helped me.

The Book of Thunks Is Not Going Fishing a Hobby and Other Possibly Impossible Questions to Stretch Your Brain and Annoy Your Friends

The Book of Thunks Is Not Going Fishing a Hobby and Other Possibly Impossible Questions to Stretch Your Brain and Annoy Your Friends

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2008

A great gift book for possibly the most impossible person to buy for! The Book of Thunks will shake up your templates, rattle your thought routines and force you to think about things differently. A Thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. So find a friend or family member, ask a Thunk, disagree with their answer (remember there are no right and wrong answers) and keep your brain working longer and better. If you typed the word run a thousand times would that be a short story? Warning: A few of these Thunks are unsuitable for use with children.

The Little Book of Thunks 260 Questions to Make Your Brain Go Ouch!

The Little Book of Thunks 260 Questions to Make Your Brain Go Ouch!

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/03/2007

Following the success of Little Owl's Book of Thinking , Ian Gilbert now introduces The Little Book of Thunks . A Thunk is a beguiling question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light. The Thunks in this book cover most areas of human existence including truth, justice, reality, beliefs, the natural world, the human condition, art, beauty, existence, right and wrong, good and bad, life and death, war, religion, love, friendship and whether Marmite tastes nice. Examples include: If I borrow a million pounds am I a millionaire? Could a fly cause an aeroplane to crash? Are you man-made or natural? Do dogs believe in God? When you comb your hair is it art? The book contains a comprehensive introduction by Ian who guides you through the origins and uses of Thunks and how best to use them.Not only are they a fun way to develop thinking skills but they also hit all the right buttons in the National Primary Strategy 'Creative Thinking' strand where children are encouraged to: generate imaginative ideas to stimuli; look at and think about things differently and from other points of view; and 'ask why , how , what if or unusual questions'. This is a great resource for teachers to use in the classroom - and remember there are no right or wrong answers to these questions. How liberating is that...?

The Big Book of Independent Thinking Do Things No One Does or Do Things Everyone Does in a Way No One Does

The Big Book of Independent Thinking Do Things No One Does or Do Things Everyone Does in a Way No One Does

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/06/2006

Ten years ago a company called Independent Thinking was set up to enrich people's lives by changing the way they think - and so to change the world . Since then Ian Gilbert and his unique team of associates have challenged, educated and entertained hundreds of thousands of young people, teachers, governors and educational decision makers across the UK and beyond. This book captures some of the organisation's best ideas and innovations in areas from neuroscience and learning skills to creativity, motivation and emotional intelligence. What's more, it will encourage you to follow the Independent Thinking motto: Do things no-one does or do things everyone does in a way no-one does.

Little Owl's Book of Thinking An Introduction to Thinking Skills

Little Owl's Book of Thinking An Introduction to Thinking Skills

Author: Ian Gilbert Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2004

How do you do it, Dad? asked Benny, the owlet. (For those of you who don't know, an owlet is a little owl, like a piglet is a little pig, and outlet is a little out but not all the way.) Do what? said Big Owl, Benny the Owlet's Dad, who, being grown-up, didn't need letters after his name. Be so wise and all knowing? Well, replied the wise, middle-aged owl, I think it's just an owl thing. To be honest I am not really sure how I got to be omniscient. Will I be wise like you when I'm all grown-up? asked Benny who was too small to appreciate semantic irony. Well, said Big Owl, that depends on how you think. Think about what? asked Benny. No, Just think, came the reply. This brilliant little book continues in this entertaining style to describe the seven lessons Benny receives from his wise old father, keen to teach his son how to think and think well. Ideal for teachers, parents and older children, this book is an excellent method of introducing the concept of thinking skills and why they are so important.

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