Monday, October 28, 2013

Teach Like a PIRATE Week 7: Building a Better PIRATE

This week's reading assignment is the last section of the book, Building a Better PIRATE. Dave starts this section by asking the tough question, "Do you want to be great?" How would you answer this question? How do you strive for greatness and stay positive? Visit the blog next week to share some final thoughts about the book.

Hopefully you were able to join us for our webinar with Dave Burgess last week. If you missed it or if you would like to view it again, you can view the webinar here.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Teach Like a PIRATE Week 6: Crafting Engaging Lessons Part 2

This week we're learning about hooks from the sections "All the World is a Stage," "Stand and Deliver," "Advanced Tactics," and "Around the Edges." This week share how you make changes to the physical space your classroom, move around in your classroom to involve your students, use contests or missions to encourage learning, or use any of the other hooks in this section.

Don't forget about the webinar with Dave Burgess tomorrow. Click here to register for the webinar. There will be opportunity to ask questions throughout the webinar, but if you would like to send questions ahead of time, feel free to email them to

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Teach Like a PIRATE: Special Announcement

I am excited to announce our upcoming webinar with Teach Like a PIRATE author, Dave Burgess. Next Tuesday, October 22nd, from 4-5pm Eastern, you will have the opportunity to hear about the PIRATE system from Dave and how he has transformed his classroom. Dave will spend a majority of this hour answering your questions. If you would like to submit a question, please share it as a comment to this post. Please submit your questions by the end of the day Friday. Click here to register for Tuesday's webinar.

Have you had the opportunity to interact with other PIRATES? Be sure to check out the Teach Like a PIRATE hashtag, #tlap, on Twitter.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Teach Like a PIRATE Week 5: Crafting Engaging Lessons Part 1

This week we're learning about hooks and reading the sections "I Like to Move It, Move It," "Long Live the Arts," and "What's in it For Me?" There are so many hooks discussed and Dave shared so many great questions, I am not going to list them all here. What I'd like you to do this week is tell us about how you are going to incorporate movement, art, and/or connections to students' own lives in your lessons. If you have multiple ideas please share them. Also, if you're struggling to come up with ideas, ask your network here in the blog. 

Next week we will discuss the second half of Part 2, the remainder of the hooks.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Teach Like a PIRATE Week 4: Transformation and Enthusiasm

This week we read the chapters "Transformation" and "Enthusiasm." Dave asks a couple of tough questions in this chapter: "If your students didn't have to be there, would you be teaching in an empty room?" and "Do you have any lessons that you could sell tickets to?" So I'll ask you to share the answer to one of these -- do you have any lessons for which you could sell tickets? Have you thought about how you could transform your classroom so you can answer yes to one (or maybe both) of those questions. How do you show and spread enthusiasm in your classroom? How do you fight the tendency to dwell on the negative or to be too tough on yourself?

Next week we will jump into part 2 of the book, "Crafting Engaging Lessons." We will discuss the sections "The Third Circle," "A Crash Course in Presentational Hooks," "'I Like to Move It, Move It,'" "Long Live the Arts," and "What's in it For Me?"