The next time you hear yourself moaning how you want to be creative in your classroom but ‘they’ won’t let you, remember these four words – Jonathan Lear, Guerrilla Teacher.
‘Guerrilla Teaching’ is what Jonathan calls his award-winning combination of great creativity, a sound grasp of pedagogy and a willingness to take more than a few risks in the classroom. And, having seen it in action, we know how powerful it is to make everything better.
A practising teacher and deputy head at an inner-city primary school, Jonathan doesn’t so much teach as create an atmosphere in his classroom that is magical, engaging and exciting and that makes the children desperate to get on and learn. And, as you would expect from a ‘guerrilla teacher’ he doesn’t let anything the government might say or do get in his way when it comes to doing the right thing for his young learners.
Look out for Jonathan's new book: The Monkey-Proof Box: Curriculum design for building knowledge, developing creative thinking and promoting independence. Out March 2019.
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Jonathan has been with Independent Thinking since 2012 and is one of The 33
Jonathan’s DBS number is 001463048179 Issued 17th October 2014 (checked 16th August 2018 via the Update Service)
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Feedback from recent events include:
"Just had the utter joy of hearing@guerillaEd speak at an NQT Conference. Funny, insightful and inspiring...an utter joy! Just bought his book too!"
"It was wonderful listening to you speak this afternoon. I would love my staff to be able to listen to your thoughts and ideas too."
"Amazing session! I would have listened to him all day. Charismatic, intelligent, thought- provoking and hilarious. Thank you."
"The whole day was truly inspirational, especially the main speaker, Mr Lear. He has given me the drive and aspirations to ensure I become an outstanding teacher, not just for myself but mainly for inspiring the children I teach."
"Jonathan Lear was really inspiring and implementing some of his ideas in my classroom will have a big impact."
"Jonathan Lear was an outstanding speaker, and by far my favourite parts of the day were his talks. He truly engaged with the audience, captivated us, and introduced us to both new ways of thinking and practical applications of this. He was undoubtedly the best speaker I have ever heard."
"Amazing. Mr Lear is a true genius in the teaching world."
"You have given me back my drive and desire to teach"
With Jonathan Lear. Innovative strategies for improving the learning in primary classrooms.
Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.