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First Post

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As I edit this first post, ThinQ Education is barely four months old but the growth in learning and experience in that period has been exponential. I won’t go as far as saying that the growth in business has matched that, but interest and uptake has certainly been encouraging.

Several key words have characterised the journey for me as I have steered a course of exploration and discovery in my attempts to make ThinQ Education a going concern and a profitable business. Words like doubt, risk, mistakes, uncertainty and discouragement. Not the kind of words you want on sandwich boards around your neck!

However, if it was not for the reality of living those words as I bounced around trying to run a new start-up, I would not have learnt the important lessons that will enable ThinQ Education to become the success I hope it will be.

A butterfly emerging from its cocoon undergoes a fierce struggle before it is free and is allowed to let its wings spread and its colours shine – but that struggle is necessary for its survival. I believe that, as learners, we all have to learn important lessons if we are to fully appreciate the benefits of our learning. Learning to walk – and falling over in the process – is an early example of this, followed by learning to ride a bike – and more falling. In a school context, we often find that children are averse to making mistakes in their learning and do not realise just how important making and recognising mistakes is to the depth and strength of their learning.

Growing resilient learners is a key driver for ThinQ Education but, far from it being a pink and fluffy concept, resilience in thought (what I call ‘intellectual resilience’) is essential to successful learning and living. As educators, we must create opportunities for children to develop as resilient thinkers. This doesn’t require bolt-on strategies – just a climate of promoting, encouraging and validating independent thinking.

As resilient thinkers, children will learn to manage doubt, risk, mistakes, uncertainty and discouragement, rather than feel like they are walking through life with sandwich boards bearing the word, ‘failure’.