Educational Publishing: Resilience, Rejection and Resolve | Harbord & Khan | 8 Min Read

January 8, 2024

Thinking of writing a book? Our current book, 21 Visual Thinking Tools for the Classroom: Developing Real-World Problem Solvers in Grades 5-10, is designed to specifically help students with their engagement and problem-solving and will be published by Routledge next summer. Having just submitted our manuscript to our publisher, we wanted to share our experiences. 

A for Anticipate 

When we were in schools after the pandemic it was clear that they were dealing with many new social and emotional issues (the impacts of which are still to be fully understood). We anticipated that teachers would need different ways to support students, and believed our thinking tools, such as The Thinking Generator Toolⓒ and the Knowledge Twister Toolⓒ could help. Our belief was validated from the responses from principals, teachers and students. 

W is for Why 

Why do you want to write this particular book? You need to be clear about ‘why’, in order to work out the ‘how’ and not give up. Through our teaching experience we knew we had a concept that could help move educators to focus on metacognition and ethical issues could change students’ learning experiences; away from content towards creativity and innovative thinking.…

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Harbord and Khan

Meredith Harbord EdD and Sara Riaz Khan are global educators who use ethical dilemmas to enrich and transform curriculum. Their student centric approach is driven by an ethical model and innovative tools that support critical thinking and creativity. Meredith and Sara’s collaboration as Design teachers at ABA Oman International School in Muscat, focused on sustainability, ethical design and global mindedness and inspired them to establish Harbord & Khan Educational Consultants. They develop units of work based on real world issues to engage and challenge students for diverse curriculums (IB, PBL, Common Core and Australian) and are available for professional development and to create programs to meet the specific needs of your school. Meredith and Sara have authored two teacher curriculum books ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 1, 2 & 3’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 4 & 5’ (2020). Website: