I finally downloaded a copy to read on a recent airplane trip. This is the perfect travel book. It's a quick, easy, engaging read I promise!
I will tell you as a primary teacher I wasn't sure at first if I would be able to find content from a high school teacher that would translate. Boy was I wrong!
One of my favorite quotes from the book comes from the Ask and Analyze chapter:
As we are preparing for the new school year, a new unit or lesson we need to ask ourselves the right questions to spark our creativity. Your initial response might be, "Well, that's great, but what questions are those?" The fantastic thing is Burgess gives them to you! And he gives you lots of them! The entire second half of the books is dedicated to providing you a toolbox or "treasure chest" if we are thinking like pirates, of strategies and questions to help you start engaging in the creative process as you plan!
Here are just a few examples of some of his questions to ask yourself as you are preparing:
- How can I incorporate movement into this lesson?
- How can I use students as props, inanimate objects, or concepts?
- Where would be the best place on campus to deliver the content?
- How can I show my students why learning this content is important in the real world?
There are many, many more questions like these along with specific examples. The book is a true inspiration to get you thinking more creatively and to start preparing and teaching like a pirate! I highly suggest you take the time to dive into this book. I will leave you with another quote from the book that spoke to me:
"Students will do amazing things if you can design a class and environment that is positive and empowering. Rising up to and overcoming challenges, building lifetime relationships, and forging positive connections to school won't directly result in better test scores. It will result in better people. Isn't that really what we are trying to accomplish?"2 Smart Wenches has a series of posts on teaching like a pirate and even includes a fantastic freebie that includes the hooks from the book.
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