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Memphis Participant Blogs the Master Class

on Friday, 03 August 2012. Posted in Education, Master Classes, News, Testimonials

Presbyterian Day School Teacher Philip Cummings's Obervations

Memphis Participant Blogs the Master Class
CummingsPhilip Cummings, a participant in our July 2012 Master Class in Memphis, shared his blog entries from the weeklong class.

The first tool John shared was teaching students how to use FFOE to assess their creative thinking. As a sample activity, John explained that he would show the students a coffee mug and ask them to brainstorm ways that the mug can be used other than as a container (i.e a door stop, a paperweight, a drum, etc.). At first they will find it hard to think this way, but as they practice, they will become better at it.

FFOE stands for:
  • Fluency – producing as many ideas as one possibly can
  • Flexibility – producing ideas that demonstrate variety or different approaches
  • Originality – producing ideas that are unique or unusual
  • Elaboration – producing ideas with detail or enriched characteristics

 

There's far more great tidbits contained in his fabulous series of blog postings from the week:

World Peace Game Camp in Memphis - Photos and Video

on Thursday, 26 July 2012. Posted in Master Classes, News

World Peace Game Camp in Memphis - Photos and Video
2012-07-26-internationalJohn Hunter with teachers who traveled to the United States this week to be a part of the camp and master class.Presbyterian Day School in Memphis is hosting the World Peace Game and its inventor John Hunter this week.  
 
John Hunter was named as the first Teaching Excellence Fellow of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence in January. He is working exclusively with the Martin Institute to develope Master Classes for teachers based on his work. During his weeklongWorld Peace Game Camp in Memphis, Hunter and Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute are working with 13 teachers who observe the game in the morning and investigate new teaching and learning possibilities inspired by John Hunter's approach in the afternoon. Teachers have come from all over the United States also as teachers from Norway, New Zealand, and Vietnam. Four teachers from Memphis are also taking part in the Master Class.

Catch John Hunter, the creator of the World Peace Game tonight and tomorrow in "A Converation With" on WKNO.

Read more about the World Peace Game Camp in today's Commercial Appeal.




World Peace Game Played at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville

on Thursday, 05 July 2012. Posted in Media Coverage, News

World Peace Game Played at Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville
The World Peace Game was hosted at Tandem Friends School during the last week of June.  35 students gathered each morning for a week to problem-solve and collaborate around the world dilemmas John Hunter has designed into his game.

Most students came from Virginia; however some students traveled from other places just to come and play the World Peace Game. Two brothers came from Miami with their mother, who is a teacher. Their mother observed game play in the mornings along with 15 other teachers from around the world who came to learn with John Hunter. These boys relished in their game experience as their father is a former student of John's who also played the World Peace Game when he was in elementary school. Two other brothers traveled from Germany to play the game after being excited the John Hunter's TEDtalk.  

Teachers spent the afternoons learning about the game and how to create learning environments that are are intellectually rigorous, fun, and exciting as what John has created with the World Peace Game. Teachers from Charlottesville were joined by teachers who traveled from Seoul, Korea, Tel Aviv, San Diego, Alaska, Nashville, Miami, and DC.

NBC News covered the World Peace Game Camp. Read more here:
http://www.nbc29.com/story/18892482/albemarle-county-kids-playing-for-peace


John Hunter Named to Advisor Group for TED-Ed

on Wednesday, 27 June 2012. Posted in News

John Hunter Named to Advisor Group for TED-Ed
John Hunter has been named to the advisor group of TED-Ed. TED-Ed's goal is to spread ideas through a library of carefully cultivated educational videos.

Other advisors include Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, Melinda French Gates, and Sir Ken Robinson.

World Peace Screening at the United Nations

on Thursday, 17 May 2012. Posted in News, Screenings

World Peace Screening at the United Nations
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements screened for a collection of viewers from various desks and departments at the United Nations on April 27th, 2012. John Hunter and filmmaker Chris Farina were joined by Jamie Baker of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence. The team visited with a group from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to view the film and discuss ways in which it might be used to impact the work of peace around the world.