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John among TED "All-Star" Speakers at TED2014

on Wednesday, 05 March 2014. Posted in News

The March 20th Conference's Theme is "The Future is Ours"

John among TED

John Hunter was voted as one of the Top 100 TED Speakers of All Time and will deliver a special TED talk at the TED2014 Conference in Vancouver B.C. on March 17–21, 2014.

John’s talk on March 20 is among five special sessions renamed, for this year only, as “TED All-Stars.”

Given the amazing lineup, these sessions are likely to be a highlight of the conference. Featured speakers include Jeff Bezos, Sal Kahn, Jane McGonigal, Moshe Safdie, and others.

See John’s original TED Talk.

Upcoming Appearances by John Hunter to Promote the New Book

on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted in Book, Media Coverage, News

Upcoming Appearances by John Hunter to Promote the New Book

Glowingly reviewed by The Kirkus Review, Booklist and gaming pioneer Jane McGonigal, John’s new book, "World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements" which shares a title with Chris Farina’s documentary film will be out nationwide on April 2nd.

John will meet readers and sign his book at bookstores on a multiple city tour. National radio and television interviews are slated beginning with New York City studio programs. See the schedule and locations below.

This book release would of course not have been possible without the incredible vision, dedication of, and skillful shepherding by Cynthia Cannell of Cynthia Cannell Literary Agency, our editor Eamon Dolan and his magnificent staff at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). The dedication and acknowledgements in the book read like a small city phone book as we truly have been standing on the shoulders of so many others.

HMH’s Media Specialist Taryn Roeder has developed this schedule of events and book signing tour for John. We hope to meet many readers and friends on stops across the US:

Book Tour:

New York City

Portland, ME

Boston, MA

Charlottesville, VA

Denver, CO

    6/18/13 - Tattered Cover LoDo

Charlotte, NC

Richmond, VA

Amazon Barnes and Noble Powell's

Early Trade Reviews of John Hunter's New Book

on Friday, 22 March 2013. Posted in Reviews, News

Early Trade Reviews of John Hunter's New Book

Early trade reviews are starting to come in advance of the release of John Hunter's new book, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements:

From BookList Issue: April 1, 2013

World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements.

Hunter, John (Author)

Apr 2013. 240 p. Houghton, hardcover, $25.00. (9780547905594). 303.6.

Hunter (teacher, education consultant, TED speaker) has been introducing global issues to students from his fourth-grade class and beyond for more than 20 years via his self-designed World Peace Game. Over a period of weeks, through a complex set of scenarios, children and teens learn to negotiate, battle, obtain resources, cooperate in the wake of natural disasters, and resolve all manner of conflicts with each other and in response to the demands of their ever-changing world.

The game’s success proves that long, thought-out thinking assignments provoke an unprecedented positive response in students, a conclusion that flies in the face of current standardized-testing requirements. “Where once there seemed to be room to wonder, to speculate, to not know,” he writes, “there now seems to be increasing pressure for instant answers, immediate solutions, and narrowly defined results.”

With numerous reflections on the game’s impact on certain students and a resounding final chapter highlighting his class’s 2012 visit to the Pentagon, Hunter proves the value of “slow teaching” in this important, fascinating, highly readable resource for educators and parents alike.

Other Trade Reviews

A veteran educator's uplifting account of how he introduced schoolchildren to global problems through a visionary game that charged them with saving the world….Inspired, breath-of-fresh-air reading, especially for those who have ever questioned what the public school system can do for American children.
The World Peace Game devised by fourth-grade teacher John Hunter has spread from a classroom in 1978 to a documentary, a TEDTalk, the Pentagon, and now finally a book, in which he describes the ways his students have solved political and ecological crises that still loom large in the world of adults….stories are moving: a boy whose slow speech and shyness finally blooms into an epiphany; five students sacrifice themselves to take down a tyrant. Ultimately, Hunter’s optimism is infectious.
– Publishers Weekly

John Hunter and Jamie Baker to present at NAIS

on Monday, 14 January 2013. Posted in News

John Hunter and Jamie Baker to present at NAIS

NAIS 2012 Keynote speaker John Hunter epitomizes revolutionary teaching practices. To teach well, Hunter believes a teacher must know their subject area and themselves. Since NAIS last year, John Hunter and Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute have been traveling across the country working with teachers to reflect upon their teaching practices. Their fundamental beginning belief is that in order to grow and change, one must first be fully aware and accepting of the habits, mindsets, and assumptions that ground one's current practice. Their second important fundamental belief is that teachers must become comfortable teaching in a dynamic environment where the future is largely unknown. Brave teaching results from a clear vision of desired outcomes and a teacher’s secure belief in his or her ability to design and lead a student’s learning process.

Hunter and Baker will be presenting at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, March 1, 2013. Their session entitled "Developing a Reflective Teaching Practice" will guide participants through a series of reflective questions designed to surface elements of a teacher’s operating beliefs that are hindering creative, engaged, and collaborative teaching and learning design. Outcomes of this session include:

  • a specific look at the World Peace Game and its learning outcomes;
  • guided questioning that surfaces operating beliefs too small for brave teaching;
  • specific suggestions for developing creativity in one’s teaching;
  • discussion of how to use risk-taking and failure to improve one’s teaching practice.

John Hunter's Book Available for Pre-Order! [Updated]

on Friday, 05 October 2012. Posted in News, Projects

John Hunter's Book Available for Pre-Order! [Updated]
Update 12/17/2012
The audio version of the book is now in production and John Hunter is narrating!

The book, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements by John Hunter, will be published on April 2, 2013. Following the tremendous success and reach of the film by the same name and John's many appearances and speaking engagements in community events and schools across the country, the book promised to provide many more stories of children's unique and fresh perspective in solving the world's conflicts and dilemmas. John has set about the process of telling the stories of both the development and evolution of the game as well as many memorable stories of students whose growth through the experience of playing the game can give us hope that we are developing compassionate, creative, and strong leaders for tomorrow.

Pre-orders for the book are being accepted now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Powell's. Order your copy below.

John Hunter Teaches Teachers in Krems, Austria

on Monday, 01 October 2012. Posted in Master Classes, News

John Hunter Teaches Teachers in Krems, Austria
While spending the weekend at the GlobArt Academy in Krems, Austria where John Hunter received the annual GlobArt Award, John Hunter teaches teachers from Austria and the surrounding region.

Teachers gathered for a half day workshop to investigate ways to unleash their creativity as teacher and create more space in the classroom for students to engage with real world-inspired problems and dilemmas.  

Teachers were prompted and inspired by John Hunter's work and teaching approach as seen in the film "World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements" yet worked to create their own best toolbox and approach based on their interests and relationship with their students and subject area.