• John Hunter, in a manner both humble and poetic, articulates what it takes to create his particular variety of classroom magic and his hopefulness for the future.
    Claudia Daggett, Executive Director, Elementary School Heads Association
  • John Hunter rocked our world. John received a standing ovation at the end of his speech and this crowd is not one to do this sort of thing.
    global corporation executive
  • ...many of our world's current issues have remained unresolved for years, only extraordinary and visionary teachers like Hunter can do what is truly necessary for the education and formation of our future leaders.
    Jessica Tiblin
  • It is a GREAT idea to engage children in the process of learning and life.
    Colleen Steen
  • Educators - if you ever get a chance to hear John Hunter speak, take full advantage. WOW!
    Nick Creach on John's NAIS Keynote
  • I have had dozens of students, faculty, and staff drop by my office or stop me in the halls to express their appreciation and enthusiasm for John Hunter and the First Lecture.
    Education Dean at major univerisity
  • I was absolutely star struck by John Hunter....For me it felt like a truly spiritual experience being in the presence of such an incredibly peaceful, calm and brilliant man.
    Linn Sovik, Norway
  • John Hunter teaches children how to take the initiative and how to plan for the future. Realizing what today's actions mean tomorrow is a great skill and necessary to successful leadership.
    Mitchel Hunter

Articles in Category: Keynotes

John Hunter Speaks About World Peace at Harvard

on Tuesday, 09 April 2013. Posted in Keynotes

John Hunter Speaks About World Peace at Harvard
On April 8 John Hunter was welcomed back to the Harvard campus, presenting a talk on world peace in the Askwith Forum.

John and Chris Farina first spoke here in 2011 upon release of the film, "World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements."

A warm and emotional audience responded to John's tales from his new book, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, which bears the same title as Chris's award-winning film.

A book signing hosted by the Harvard Book Store followed.

Video of John Hunter's Visit with University School of Nashville

on Monday, 01 October 2012. Posted in Keynotes

Video of John Hunter's Visit with University School of Nashville
In mid-September John Hunter and Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute visited a number of schools in the Nashville area.

At each school different conversations took place ranging from social studies curriculum possibilities to sharing thinking tools for divergent and convergent thinking to the benefits and excitement of hands-on, inquiry based learning. University School of Nashville (USN) gathered a range of elementary, middle, and high school faculty for something that rarely happens in the course of a busy school year -- a collegial conversation about the art of teaching.

We are happy that USN has shared that presentation for posting here.

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Jonathan Martin of 21k12 Blog's Thoughts About John's Keynote at NAIS

on Wednesday, 07 March 2012. Posted in Keynotes, Testimonials

Jonathan Martin of 21k12 Blog's Thoughts About John's Keynote at NAIS

Thanks to Jonathan Martin, of 21k12 Blog and Head of School at St. Gregory's in Tucson, Arizona, for this compelling post about John Hunter and the whole audience who was leaning forward and many in tears at NAIS last week in Seattle.

Jonathan is a disciplined and rigorous curator of interesting ideas and approaches to learning that is relevant, effective, and engaging and we appreciate his views on John Hunter's presenting his students with real problem based challenges and learning opportunities.

NAIS Blog - John Hunter Rocks the House at NAIS

on Tuesday, 06 March 2012. Posted in Keynotes, Testimonials

NAIS Blog - John Hunter Rocks the House at NAIS

This post was originally posted on the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference Website. I want to thank Chris Bigenho, Director of Academic Technology at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, who has coordinated the whole NAIS Annual Conference website and blogging extravaganza for this extensive post and collection of resources that capture the incredibly moving address John Hunter gave to the audience in Seattle. It was a delight meeting Chris when he came by the World Peace Game / Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Booth, putting a face and person to a Twitter presence after all these years.  

-- Jamie Field Baker

NAIS summary of John Hunter's Keynote at 2012 Conference

on Tuesday, 06 March 2012. Posted in News, Keynotes, Testimonials

NAIS summary of John Hunter's Keynote at 2012 Conference

This account of John Hunter's Keynote at NAIS Annual Conference 2012 in posted on the NAIS conference website.

World Peace Game

"How can I be of service to you?" John Hunter asked the crowd of 4,200 independent school leaders at the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference in Seattle. "I'm a public school elementary teacher from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, from a modest sized town... I can't do much by myself, but I can turn to my teachers here with me. I stand on the shoulders of my teachers every day. How they could talk, soothe, and calm with a wave of the hand. I learned from the masters and I try to simply express what they taught me. All teachers have a lineage of people behind us." 

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