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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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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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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.