Built to slot in seamlessly to the classroom environment, these learning programmes enable children and adults alike to embrace skills such as maths, literacy, communication, problem solving and so much more.
The sessions also cover those crucial life skills like learning how to lose. So every route taken is a learning opportunity, and each individual comes away with their own positive learning experience.
We use traditional style games, so board games and card games, to develop, nurture and challenge people to encourage them to apply the learning they have received, whether in the school or other educational establishment, and to find the joy in thinking for fun.
The range of games that we use numbers several hundred and come from companies large and small from across the world. The thing they have in common, they work at achieving the above.
We will make people, both adults and children, laugh, think, compete, consider, express, concentrate, debate and much much more.
What we don’t do? We are not here to teach children how to do long multiplication or how to do algebra for example, we are here to provide games and activities that allow children to understand clearly how to apply skills, such as long multiplication or Algebra, they have to solve problems, to do well in a game and to simply enjoy this in the company of others within a friendly environment.
As we like to say at Independent Thinking, 25 years old this year, we use our words.
Whether it’s through speaking to children, students, teachers, school leaders and more the world over, or through our award-winning books and resources, we aim to use those words to reassure educators everywhere that there is always another way.
No matter what they tell you.
Independent Thinking is unique in a number of ways, especially in our collaboration with Crown House Publishing to create the Independent Thinking Press. Through this cooperation, we bring into print the words of some of the UK’s most inspiring and entertaining educational speakers, thinkers, innovators, practitioners and, yes, let’s use that word, mavericks.
It’s not our job to tell you what to do – the clue’s in the name – but rather to take your brain for a walk and to help you see yourself, them, education and the world with new eyes, new enthusiasm and new possibilities.
That way education moves forward and does so with people, not data, at its heart.
I do hope you enjoy our words, however you come across them.
We can’t do it without you.
Ian Gilbert, Founder of Independent Thinking Ltd.