This Week's Book:
Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess
When it comes to books for teaching, I *love* reading books about practical, hands-on ways to implement new strategies in my classroom. When it comes to books I read for fun, I *love* reading books that inspire, motivate, and challenge me to do more and be more. This book does all of the above and then some!!
I love that this book is divided up into two sections: the first is Burgess' "manifesto" and the second half is full of practical ways that you can start implementing PIRATE strategies in your classroom.
In the first half of the book, Burgess explains what it means to "Teach like a PIRATE" and uses the word as an acronym for what it looks like on a daily basis in your classroom. PIRATE teachers show:
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The second half of the book is focused on how you can incorporate PIRATE-ness in your class. Burgess is a high school teacher, but his techniques are easy to implement in elementary school, too! In fact, maybe even easier since our kiddos are younger :) What I love is that he stresses these aren't "one size fits all" approaches, but something you can pick and choose to start transforming the way you deliver instruction. In fact, I bet that if you're reading and/or writing teaching blogs, a lot of what he suggests are things you may do in your classroom anyway, but his lists are far more extensive and out-of-the-box than I could generate as I make lesson plans!
One highlight in this second half are the "Hooks" teachers can use to draw the class' attention to the lesson and keep them highly engaged. He goes through tons and offers specific suggestions from his own class to show how these can be done in a variety of ways. Here's a quick list I made that I plan on keeping near my desk so that I can remember to include a hook or two (maybe more!) throughout my day:
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I also found a wonderful blog post from the 2 Smart Wenches and they have put together and even more handy-dandy list of hooks (on a binder ring, so you know I'm sold!):
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Another fabulous resource is a video that Elizabeth from Fun in Room 4B posted on her Facebook page that really shows you the dynamic personality of Dave Burgess and how his passion and enthusiasm are contagious!
I love this conversation put on by Edu All-Stars and I definitely plan on attending one of the #TLAP Twitter chats. Continuing the conversation with educators who are also "PIRATE"s and who desire to motivate, innovate, and inspire is so powerful!
If you're interested in Dave Burgess' book, it's available on Amazon:
For those of you who have read Teach Like a PIRATE, what was your biggest takeaway? I'd love for you to share in the comments below! Aaaarrrgh!! ;)