Grant Lichtman, author of The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School, is attending this week’s Master Class in Los Gatos, CA.


The World Peace Game is a remarkable symphony that John has created over almost 30 years.

— Grant Lichtman

A Day With a Master Teacher: John Hunter

Who in the educational community would prompt you to jump on an airplane, and spend the time and money just for the chance to hang out for a day of learning?  Maybe I am selfish, but the answer for me is “I love you all, but not many”.  When I knew John Hunter would be in Northern California, I cashed in the Southwest points without a second thought.

John and Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute have been touring the country this summer giving master teaching classes based on John’s groundbreaking World Peace Game.  This session was co-hosted by the relatively new Center for Teaching Excellence at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos. As most of you who are reading this know, if there is a rock star of innovative education in America it is John, except John’s personality is more that of Mohandas Ghandi than Mick Jagger.

I won’t try to reprise the lessons of the day, but here are a few observations, both from the formal session and from the long chat that John and I had 1:1 afterwards (yeah, that was a treat!).