The Joy of Not Knowing (JONK)

Promoting an Intrinsic and Lifelong Love of Thinking and Learning in Schools

Contact Marcelo and Introduce a bespoke 'JONK Learning to Learn Week' in your School

Would you like to launch the 2019-2020 academic year with a JONK Learning to Learn Week? Would you like to equip all your students with all they need to succeed? Would you like to teach your students how to learn as well as what to learn? Would you like to have intrinsically motivated students from the first day of term?

Start Thinking (Imaginative Minds, 2005)

Order yourself a copy of Start Thinking! A fascinating collection of challenges that all children love!

The Joy of Not Knowing 

Marcelo Staricoff FCCT, NPQH, PhD
Transforming the potential for innovation in schools

The Joy of Not Knowing or JONK, is a philosophy of education and of whole school leadership that I developed from all that I've seen to have a transformational impact on children's lives, as a Primary School Teacher, Headteacher, Lecturer, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and Author (Start Thinking, Imaginative Minds, 2005; The Joy of Not Knowing, Routledge, 2020).

The philosophy that underpins the JONK approach covers all areas of school life and enables all students to become intrinsically motivated to want to learn, developing a lifelong love of learning and the ability to thrive when not knowing as well as when knowing.

JONK removes common barriers to learning and enables schools to deliver the curriculum in a way that equips all students with the skills, tools, behaviours and dispositions that they need to succeed as individuals, as resilient lifelong-learners, as global citizens and as curious, creative, philosophical and critical thinkers.

Please feel free to browse through this website to find out how the JONK approach can help your school build on your existing excellent practice and achieve your next steps.

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Success Stories

Marcelo Staricoff is amazing and inspiring

- Teacher | Brighton

JONKing at Coastal Federation was one of the best things we’ve done to inspire our children- go for it!

- Coastal Federation | Norfolk

Thank you for the JONK Course, excellent course and I can’t wait to start!

- Teacher | JONK Course

Great examples, brilliant presentation

- Headteacher | JONK Course

Lovely to hear so much passion and enthusiasm with lots of excellent ideas of how to run a JONK school. Today gave me a good picture of what it can look like and how it can work for us

- Headteacher | JONK Course

Inspiring stories of how children have been transformed by the JONK approach

- Headteacher | JONK Course

Recent Events

Maths Masterclass for Tomorrow's Achievers | Coram Fields | London

07 Dec 19
Another in the series of Maths Masterclasses as part of Tomorrow Achievers series of Events for Primary School children | more

The Joy of Not Knowing | An Osiris Course | London 2nd December 2019

02 Dec 19 more

JONK for NQTs at Plumstead | London | Royal Borough of Greenwich

19 Nov 19
A session for NQTs promoting a learning to learn classroom culture and children who are intrinsically motivated to want to learn and to develop an intrinsic and lifelong love of learning more

JONK at Ealing Leadership Conference | Ealing, London

06 Nov 19
I will be exhibiting JONKTL resources at the conference market stall and signing copies of Start Thinking for delegates more

Upcoming Events

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JONK for NQTs at Plumstead | London

A practical session for NQTs to help them create an inspirational learning to learn culture in their classrooms

The Joy of Not Knowing | An Osiris Course

Establishing a Joy of Not Knowing approach to leadership and to teaching and learning in schools and equipping schools with all they need to launch the academic year with a JONK Learning to Learn Week

JONK at Ealing Leadership Conference

I will be exhibiting all the JONK resources at the conference market stall and sigining copies of Start Thinking for the delegates

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