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They Look Like 4th Graders. They Think Like Strategists.

on Tuesday, 27 March 2012. Posted in News, Media Coverage

They Look Like 4th Graders. They Think Like Strategists.

Teaching children to think, to care for others, and to care for the world. Is there anything else?  What John Hunter does with his students by presenting to them the opportunity to understand, research, consider, and collaborate over real world issues and problems, is give them an opportunity to think.

In their recent visit to the Pentagon, John Hunter's had to prepare for a mock press conference with Department of Defense officials.  They researched many "hot" situations around the world. Their experience playing the World Peace Game in their classroom with John's guidance no doubt helped them think deeper and in a more sophisticated way about situations. Here are the questions they developed:

 

About the Visit to the Pentagon

on Tuesday, 27 March 2012. Posted in News, Testimonials

Reflections from Pam Moran

In her recent blog post from March 25, Pam Moran shares her reflections from the trip to the Pentagon with John Hunter and his 4th grade delegation.  Talking about the excitement of the children and the bus ride to Washington, DC. Pam shares this beautiful comment she overheard that confirms the effect of an excellent teacher:  

“You see the video monitors on the bus. One of the children asked when we got on the bus this morning if we were going to watch a movie. One of the other children said, ‘no, the movie’s in your mind today’… what a great thing that their imagination is their canvas, not some Madison Avenue firm developing their imagination for them…”

Advice from John Hunter

on Tuesday, 27 March 2012. Posted in News, Education, Interviews

To Irene on Her 13th Birthday

Advice from John Hunter

In the NPR StoryCorps piece that aired on December 25, 2011, former students of John Hunter tell what it was like being a student in his class. One student, Irene Newman, who is currently studying peace, war and defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tells about a letter that Mr. Hunter sent her on her thirteenth birthday. 

Newman says she received two pages of advice from Hunter. 

 

Solving World Peace

on Friday, 09 March 2012. Posted in News, Testimonials

A Sense of Agency

Solving World Peace
One of the magical and somewhat mystical components of the World Peace Game is the sense of agency and stewardship that it ignites in students. I use the term "ignites" because children have a deep sense of compassion, empathy, and care that we can steer, guide, and further develop, finding outlets and applications for it through learning.  Presenting students with the reality of world dilemmas that affect millions of people is a portal that reaches their sense of care. Giving them knowledge and tools that allow them to think of a world without these dilemmas, because solutions have been created, led, and implemented, ignites their sense of empowerment, creativity, purpose, and gives meaning to their learning and their lives.

New Game Inspired by John Hunter

on Thursday, 08 March 2012. Posted in News, Projects, Testimonials

Taking Action To Transform Learning

New Game Inspired by John Hunter
Jennifer Gaspar-Santos, Teacher and Academic Technology Coordinator at St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School in San Mateo, CA, was inspired by John Hunter's TEDtalk and his World Peace Game. Jennifer used the inspiration and awe she felt from John Hunter's work to fuel her creativity and initiative and has created her own game, The Digital Divide. Many thanks to Jennifer for writing up her game and sharing it with us here on this blog.