I carry the past, present, future, with me.
There is no present without past, no future without breathing the present. With every step, every breathe, every sunrise, I face the future.
And find myself on the blade where all pasts, presents and futures intertwine. In silence.
For there is no need to disturb the order of the universe when all moves forward in harmony.
Tony Gurr is a professional who faces the future, bearing in mind past and present. Tony is a seasoned teacher, trainer, consultant, writer, keynote speaker – and as he himself, defines it, a LEARNer.
A qualified teacher with a wide range of experiences in ELT, EAP, ESP and business / workforce training, he is also a trained Instructional Skills Facilitator (both ISW and FSW). He has worked with a wide range of disciplines and academics on improving classroom learning and teaching in the UK, Middle East, the US, Australia and Turkey.
Tony is also an experienced educational manager, trained coach, and leadership mentor and has supported the learning and growth of a wide range of teacher leaders, supervisors and educational planning teams. He has worked on a series of major learning and teaching transformation initiatives, managed innovative curriculum and assessment renewal projects, and led a range of quality and institutional effectiveness programmes in Dubai and across the Gulf. He has also collaborated with a number of innovative US colleges and Australian educational providers on a wide range of workforce development programmes and capacity-building partnerships.
He draws on his wide range of practical, ‘hands-on’ experience in schools, colleges and higher education institutions and is most often described as a ‘thinking doer’ who really loves learning, change and improvement - and helping others ‘do more’ with what they know. He is currently based in Ankara and heads up Momentum Learning Solutions – as its lead consultant and CLO (Chief Learning Officer).
Tony is married (to a Turkish national) and has one daughter (currently at university in London). He is an avid blogger and his blog – allthingslearning – is popular with educators, trainers, curriculum and assessment specialists and educational managers (as well as his mother-in-law).
Join us here as Tony candidly reflects on training teachers today, issues which arise in teacher training and gives us a peek review of his forth-coming book.