JONK Events

Speaker | International Festival of Learning | Human Skills in a Technological World | West Suffolk College | Bury St. Edmunds

28 Jun 19

The session will introduce participants to the principles and practical approaches that underpin the Joy of Not Knowing philosophy of education and of school leadership. Participants will be able to gain an understanding of why it is so good to not know and how this realisation through modelling has such a transformational impact of how children view themselves as learners and how they perceive that there no barriers to the process of learning.

Participants will be introduced to, and have a go at, a plethora of practical, evidenced-based, easy to implement initiatives that are designed to be incorporated as part of the everyday life of the classroom and taught during a Learning to Learn week that launches the academic year and equips all children with all they need to succeed as individuals, as lifelong learners and as global citizens.

Participants will be equipped with all they need to launch a Learning to Learn Week in their school, focusing on learning to learn models, critical and creative thinking, visible thinking and learning, philosophy and a philosophical approach to the curriculum, intellectual challenge and the lifelong learning dispositions as a problem-solving tool.

Participants will also be introduced to the JONK Model of Excellence and Enjoyment that provides practitioners with how to present the learning using eight realms that have been shown to have the highest impact on children's outcomes and emotional wellbeing.

Participants will have the opportunity to see how the approach has been designed to build on and enrich what schools are already doing and in accordance with each school's ethos, values, visions, priorities and dreams.

Participants will have the chance to explore a wealth of children's work that illustrates the impact that the JONK approach has on practice.

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Success Stories

I have already had some very positive feedback about the session so many many thanks for your contributions

- PGCE Course Leader

I'm a PGCE Primary student at Brighton and was really inspired by your lecture today. I studied Philosophy as part of my degree and love the idea of incorporating that into my lessons at school.

- Student | University of Brighton

We are 2 PGCE students at Brighton University and were recently at your highly inspiring lecture. We are currently on a placement in a year 3 class and have been given the opportunity to run a learning to learn/ PSHE day on the first day back after half term. We would like this day to focus on team building and PSHE type games in order to re-establish class rules and relationships. There is currently a lot of low level disruptions and behaviour issues, which is inhibiting learning. We would like to address these issues- can you help?

- Student | University of Brighton

I just wanted to drop you a little message to thank you for bringing in Marcelo this morning. To put it simply, he was utterly inspiring. His philosophy, ideas and approach to teaching has instilled in me a great deal of enthusiasm ahead of SBT2 and I cannot wait to get going again.

- Teacher

Thank you! The lecture you gave today at Brighton University was superb, a real inspiration to see that it is still possible to create a more holistic approach to learning that isn’t ruled by the chasing of numbers and figures; that views children as human beings with infinite potential rather than statistics. I would love to have any further tips you are willing to share that would help me implement this ethos into my teaching approach. I really felt that the information you provided today complemented yesterday’s lecture on ability grouping and has given me plenty of food for thought about my practice in the future.

- Teacher

Firstly, thank you for such a refreshing lecture this morning. Speaking with fellow students, it's easy to get bogged down with worrying about planning and progression and levels, but this morning has been an exciting reminder of the joys of working with children. I noticed you mentioned maths investigations in your presentations which really interested me. I am teaching my first lesson of this placement this week, and have been asked to focus on an investigation that uses multiplication. Although I have looked at various websites and books I am yet to be inspired. Do you know of any resources that may be of use to me? I am working with a year 3 class of varied ability and really want to inspire and engage them, but so far I am not finding anything which I think could successfully do this.

- Teacher