Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky Khalil Gibran
It’s exactly two years ago today that The Learning Rainforest was published by John Catt Ltd.The Learning Rainforest: A model for great teaching and learning where I’ve posted their thoughts alongside excerpts from the book.
Over the last two years, it’s been an amazing and wonderful experience to travel the country and around the world, working with schools of all kinds where fabulous teachers and leaders are giving their all, creating wonderful conditions in which to learn, building knowledge every day and exploring the possibilities for what their students can achieve. I feel truly privileged to work in the way that I do, meeting the people I meet and seeing the places I get to see.
It’s more or less a coincidence that, on this anniversary, The Learning Rainforest Fieldbook has just gone out into the world.
Suffice to say that the reach of the book and the persistent ticking along of sales has exceeded all my expectations. I’m thrilled that ideas like Mode A and Mode B teaching, teaching to the top or ‘joy, awe and wonder’ have been adopted in schools. Perhaps even more, I’m delighted that the general spirit of the book, looking for a way to blend values and evidence into a coherent, pragmatic, deliverable teaching framework, has helped people to the extent that it has.
As the graph shows, sales have been pretty steady, only dipping in the winter holidays. It’s never been a best-seller in any list, but it chugs along nicely week after week. I keep expecting it all to drop away but perhaps with Fieldbook coming along, that won’t happen just yet. I do hope readers will take a look at Fieldbook because the collective wisdom of all the contributors is really quite astonishing – and the student profiles are lovely!
Beyond the key team at John Catt Ltd and Oliver Caviglioli who helped to create the book, I have far too many people to thank by name, for their support and encouragement. But I would like to say to anyone who has read The Learning Rainforest, sent me pictures comments, reviews, messages of support… Thank you! It means a great deal to me. Long may it continue!
Thank you all!