The 'The Joy of Not Knowing' (2021 Routledge) book has now been published!

Please fill in the contact form on the website if you would like to acquire a very early signed copy of the new book, and benefit from a 20% launch offer from the publishers.

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The Joy of Not Knowing 

Marcelo Staricoff FCCT, NPQH, PGCE, PhD, BSc
Transforming teaching, thinking, learning and leadership in schools and within the world of initial teacher training

I am absolutely thrilled and delighted that today (31st December 2020) sees the launch of my new book entitled 'The Joy of Not KnowingTM', which is being published by Routledge. It feels very exciting to have got to this stage and to be able to share with you all, all the things that I have seen to make a huge difference to children's enthusiasm for learning, their passion for wanting to know and most importantly their well-being, self-belief and chances in life.

The book is coming out at a very timely moment in the world we are living now, which like learning is so full of uncertainty. The philosophy that underpins all the practical ideas in the book is entirely based on equipping children, students and staff with all the skills, tools and dispositions that enables them to succeed and thrive when not knowing, when feeling uncertain and when findings things difficult. The strategies are all designed to ensure that everyone is able to feel 'comfortable with being intellectually uncomfortable'.

I really hope that you enjoy all the ideas in the book, that thye prompt lots of discussion and that you enjoy moulding them to enrich your current practice in the classroom, as a school leader or ITT provider. 

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Success Stories

I had the most amazing day with the philosophy masterclass. We had great feedback from the teacher Mr S.

- Philosophy | Masterclass

D said it was the “best day ever”

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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

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The Joy of Not Knowing | NW24 Bristol School INSET Day | Bristol, UK

04 Jan 21
This three hour workshop provides teachers and practitioners with a range of easy to implement strategies in the classroom, rooted on the principles of The Joy of Not Knowing approach to inspire children to become intrinsically motivated to want to learn and to develop a lifelong love of learning and of thinking creatively and philosophically. more

JONK at the University of Warwick Research in Action Annual Conference | University of Warwick

14 Dec 20
At the conference I led two workshops for PGCE students and staff on the principles and philosophies that underpin the Joy of Not Knowing approach and on Multilingual Thinking in Multicultural Classrooms more

Speaker | International Festival of Learning | Share the Magic of Education | West Suffolk College | Bury St. Edmunds

25 Aug 20
I will be leading three JONK Sessions at this year's International Festival of Learning focusing on (i) Thriving with Uncertainty, Embracing Challenge (ii) Multilingual Thinking in Multicultural Classrooms and a joint venture with the Michael Aldrich Foundation (iii) The Image of the Week Project more

JONK at East Coast College | A Professional Development Day for Students and Staff | East Coast College, Norfolk

25 Feb 20
The day will introduce the students and the staff to the theory, principles and practical applications of the Joy of Not Knowing approach equipping all participants with strategies for critical, creative and philosophical thinking and with the dispositions of effective lifelong learners more

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Speaker | International Festival of Learning | Share the Magic in Education

I will be leading three JONK Sessions at this year's Festival focusing on Thriving with Uncertainty, Multilingual Thinking and the Image of the Week Project in collaboration with the Michael Aldrich Foundation

A JONK Michael Aldrich Foundation Collaboration | A Creative Thinking Arts Project in Schools

Wenhaston Primary School in Suffolk and Holly Meadows School in Norfolk have been chosen as the Pilot Schools for an innovative project which see the Michael Aldrich Foundation and JONKTL form a partnership to promote critical thinking through the Arts in Primary Schools

JONK Launch | CPD Courses for NQTs in Ealing | London

Two courses will be running for NQTs in Ealing inspiring them with how to create motivational classrooms for learning where every child is able to develop an intrinsic motivation to want to learn

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