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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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (11 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845904435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845904432
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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