Inspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners: A book of hope for Creativity and the Curriculum in the Twenty First Century Paperback – 11 Mar 2011
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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, ICanTeach.co.uk
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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20 July 2012
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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
15 March 2013
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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. We all know that we would burn out rather quickly if we tried to inspire morning, noon and night, but there are some very simple ideas in here which are easy to implement yet make a dramatic difference. It is well worth reading. I borrowed a friend's copy and when I left that school, had to buy one of my own so that I could highlight ideas. Take it a step at a time and implement something new each week, half term... whatever suits. The book gives sound advice and there are plenty of ideas which make you realise that you are inspirational already - there are one or two that are not necessarily in line with your school's policies - check if in doubt!!
28 May 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
No sorry, I do not feel inspirational at all and I'm on page seventy, unless it takes a dramatic twist. This book goes on and on about not teaching the dry curriculum as we know it but to teach awe and wonder that creates thinkers and motivated pupils. I get that, but I don't need loads of different examples to tell me the same thing, nor do I need to be be reminded of bono thinking hats and other old tricks such as positive points, minus points and interesting points as well as using the phrase ' could be'. The references to the authors little anecdotes etc is at best a little food for thought but not believable. This book is filled with irony, it seeks to inspire teachers by freeing our souls to dare to become the master of awe and wonder and yet it struggles to do the same for the reader! Highly diaappointing, do not believe the rave reviews. Oh, and if you're planning to look at you know that extremely old helicopter experiment where children change the wing span etc to measure the rate at which it falls then just do what 'Bill' did first- have real helicopter land on the school field and chat with the pilot- followed by ' the children reporting their findings back to the group in a stimulating manner! ' seriously Will, what do you think any teacher gains from reading this? You have just referred to an old science QCA that the beginning of the book slates but by having a helicopter land suddenly it's a great unit of work. And what exactly is a stimulating manner? Oh and any head teacher forced to close your school in bad weather, shame on you, page 187 states the most inspiring head teacher that said " you have to be joking, why would I want to miss a learning opportunity like that!" This book takes over 200 pages to say what could be said in about ten and probably more effectively because the words in the lesser paged book would have to be ahem..chosen for inspirational impact. I suspect a lot of reviews are from those who know Will.
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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.
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...Read more
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...Read more
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