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Inspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners: A book of hope for creativity and the curriculum in the twenty first century [Kindle Edition]

Will Ryan , Ian Gilbert
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What is it that Inspirational teachers do differently? In short, they plan for their pupils to be inspirational. Many teachers who join the teaching profession do so because they were taught by inadequate teachers and they feel they can provide a far better and more exciting education for youngsters than they received themselves. Whereas other teachers speak with clarity of detail about stimulating and influential teachers who inspired their lives and now they want to do the same. This book is an examination of what our most inspirational teachers do in order to get creative and inspirational responses from children. It aims to put fun back into teaching, provide a framework for creativity in the twenty first century and act as a book of hope for the new curriculum proposals.

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Will Ryan is one of those unique educators who walked the walk before he started to talk the talk . I have been privileged enough to be in an audience of teachers during one of his inspirational sessions and his book manages to take that inspirational magic and reproduce it in ink, on paper. Will s book is full of humour, common sense and passion, much like a great lesson. Over the years too many people have created a mythology around teaching and learning that has over-complicated what is, at its heart, a very simple set of principles; translate tough concepts into the tangible, make it matter, be inspirational and provide contexts and experiences. In this book, Will nails it! We are entering very challenging times for education; teachers are feeling increasingly stressed, their jobs and the way they practise are under threat and they are desperate for someone or something to provide inspiration and guidance. Will s book may well be a significant beacon. If you are looking for inspiration, wanting to be reminded of just why you have devoted your professional life to working with kids; if you want to feel that education and our young really do have a positive future then read this book, be inspired and continue to build a system worthy of our children! --Richard Gerver, educational commentator, author and broadcaster

From the beginning I wanted to read more. Will explained how the book would be useful and the effect it would have on pupils. Throughout the book there are interesting quotes and anecdotes which make it very readable. Readers are given the opportunity to reflect on their own practice regularly. There are scenarios of good practice that Will has observed and teachers could use these to develop their own inspirational ideas. A valuable read for any primary school teacher. --Angela Tuff, education consultant

Inspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners is a carefully created and rewarding adventure through the world of inspiring education. Every teacher should take a chapter to school with them and aim to deploy as many ideas as possible. The book actively promotes the development of sound pedagogy with a passion for learning and mixes in a combination of excellent delivery skills for good measure. Inspirational Teachers is suitable for all, whether you are comfortably outstanding, challenging mediocrity or just aiming a little higher. The book shoots from the hip and provides a delightful range of pithy quotes and snippets of conversations about learning. As Will Ryan says, we should never forget the potential of powerful and well-chosen words to guide us as they have done for so many people in so many different situations. --Marcus Cherrill,

About the Author

Will Ryan has worked in schools in South Yorkshire for over thirty years as a teacher, head teacher and local authority adviser. As a head teacher he led a school that prized itself on genuine pupil creativity and was described by Ofsted as outstanding . Will is the author of Leadership with a Moral Purpose ISBN 978-184590084-7. He is also a speaker and an Associate of Independent Thinking Ltd.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0078XFXYU
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (10 Mar. 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050MZ3WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Read 18 May 2011
Inspirational Teachers and Inspirational Learners brings together the most current thinking about Primary Teaching and attempts to describe what inspiration in the classroom really looks and feels like. It was a really thought provoking read, offering anecdotes and ideas to consider about creativity and innovative teaching. A good read for all those really passionate about Primary Education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Michael Gove! 28 April 2011
By Dr G
Someone urgently needs to give Michael Gove a copy of this book, or better still, just make Will Ryan the new Education Minister! He presents a clear vision for education in the twenty first century that is creative, enterprising, and yes, inspirational.

Despite including some rather depressing examples of everything that is wrong with this country's education system, this is overwhelmingly a hopeful book, with a finely drawn vision of everything that teaching and learning should be. In this age of increasing accountability, over-prescription and emphasis on testing, it is easy to see how creativity, originality and critical thinking have been stifled in our schools. Will Ryan strikes a careful balance between exploring what went wrong with education and putting forth his agenda for change. This agenda includes broad sweeping philosophical ideas that will inspire a cognitive shift in mindset, along with concrete examples of creativity and inspiration in action. I defy anyone to read this book and not feel energised by its contents. Most of the ideas and examples come from primary schools, but the message is equally relevant for secondary teachers.

Provocative quotes are used throughout the book to inspire argument and debate. One that Will uses to close the book sums it up perfectly: 'Teachers do what they believe in extraordinarily well, but what they are told to do merely to a mediocre standard' (John Abbott). Will Ryan's inspirational book will remind teachers to do what they believe in and believe in what they do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Author 13 Jun. 2011
By David
I could not put the book down; it is a fabulous piece of work and should be sent to all teachers and trainees in the UK as it would raise morale overnight. Will has distilled a lifetime's observation of inspirational practice and skilfully embedded it within a conceptual and operational framework which makes it possible for teachers to apply the ideas within their classrooms.

I will carry the book with me on my travels as there is a gem on every page, either a thunk piece or a quote.

David, formerly HMI and National Strategies Consultant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a great book! 11 May 2011
By Destiny
The book arrived at lunchtime and I took a sneaky peek as I ate my lunch - it looked interesting. However, I had to wait until later that evening to properly sit down and have a read. I then couldn't put it down. It even took precedence over the next few episodes of 24 I was currently watching on DVD. If you are a 24 fan you will know just what a great commendation that is! Four hours later I had finished the book - now I need to read it more slowly, with more thought towards application.

I love the clear layout of the book with the `Tales of Inspirational Practice' sections highlighted and the `Overheard in the classroom' sections.

The checklist tables look useful although I need to go through them in a bit more detail and try them out before I know if they really work or not. I hope to try them out with a school this term.

But what of the content? Well that is summed up in a phrase Will himself quotes on page 163. Alan Bennett talks about the best moments in reading being when you read something that you yourself, have already been thinking. This is just what this book is like - a summary of my thoughts on thinking from the past year or so.

Although the book is very UK based, it is concept based enough that it is applicable to other countries around the world. It also refers to many popular books / videos out there - The Outliers / We are the people we have been waiting for / Shift Happens - all offerings I have discovered and enjoyed over the past few months.

As we fashion inspirational teachers so we will create inspired learners.

Joy Townsend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Will Ryan - you must become the next Education Minister!! Michael Gove you should read this book, Will Ryan will tell you what's important and what's not in the real world of education. I have a passion for reading and purchase many books about education but this is by far the best, worth every penny. It challenges your thinking about teaching and learning, how creativity brings out the best in our pupils and lots of practical examples. I couldn't put it down. It has reignitied my passion for teaching, despite many years of having that passion extinguished by one 'new' initiative after the next. It has definitely given me food for thought. (now to find an instrument to learn, not sure about bagpipes though haha!)
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By Readdeb
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Although based largely on the English curriculum and primary school experiences there, this is an absolutely fantastic book for those of us working our way through the changes brought about by CfE in Scotland. The book is user friendly and mixes anecdotes with fact, theories and statistics in a way that makes it difficult to put down. Department leaders, senior managers and classroom teachers will all learn something new. A great stimulus for CPD and a continuation of the collaborative learning that should be visible in every classroom. There will be something in this book for everyone to relate to; as well as practical advice on how to improve teaching methodologies in a pupil-centred, innovative way. Glad I bought it! If you are a manager this is also good to read along with a book called "Fish" by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen. Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I read such great reviews of this book, however, I found it centred way too much on primary age children, which isn't my area of expertise at all.
Published on 14 April 2013 by Flurominx
5.0 out of 5 stars We all know this is true, BUT
it can make you feel inadequate because it is presenting an ideal scenario; however, pick and choose the bits you like which appertain to you and which suit your teaching style. Read more
Published on 15 Mar. 2013 by Gail McHardie-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Well just plain good practice for those who do and incredibly useful for those who are learning. The suggestions work and although you may not find anything earth shatteringly new... Read more
Published on 20 Dec. 2011 by Crazy Diamond
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Does what it says. Fast Efficient Service. Will use them again. And I can't think of anything else useful to say. xx
Published on 2 Dec. 2011 by D. Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
The book has lots of great ideas and top tips about being an inspiring teacher. Its premise is that inspiration comes from love of learning and the child. Read more
Published on 2 Nov. 2011 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Book directly from the author...
I ordered Will's book on Monday and it arrived Wednesday. Ordered directly from Inside Out Schools and received the book with a personal message signed by Will, something special... Read more
Published on 21 April 2011 by Anon
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