Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Teach Like a PIRATE: The Final Week

Thank you to all of the dedicated educators who made this discussion such a success. Hopefully you have already used some things you learned from the book in your classroom or have shared this book or some lessons learned with your fellow teachers. For this final week, please feel free to share some of your take-always or changes you have already made in your classroom. Watch this blog, social media, and our website for details about our next book club. If you are interested in continuing to work with other teachers who are teaching like PIRATES, follow the #tlap hashtag on Twitter and participate in the #tlap Twitter chats on Monday nights.

9 comments:

  1. My biggest take-away from the book was when Burgess asked the question, would students buy tickets to see your lessons. To me this is a factor to consider. I have always said you are a good teacher if your kids enjoy your class and you have strong data. I still stand by this thought but since reading the book want to the add that lessons should also be memorable!

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  2. One of the ideas that had the biggest impact on my teaching was the idea that presentation was so important. I now look at my lessons and think: How could I present this better?

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  3. I agree with both. As I go through my units now, I revamp and tweak to make the presentation a little different, varied, and hopefully more exciting and memorable. I have enjoyed TLAP and have passed my book on to another teacher . I still have my digital copy to go back over. The ideas and sharing from TLAP has been very beneficial and enjoyable. Thank you so much!!!!

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  4. I have enjoyed both the book and the online book club group. This would even be a way to read a book "together" with colleagues at school. It's hard to take an extra bit of time at the end of a busy day, and often before a busy evening, for teachers to physically get together to discuss a new book on education. This would be a way to do it so each person can fit it in at their own best time throughout the week. Writing it out the comments made me think them through a little more as well.

    Teach Like Pirate is a wonderful book for teachers of all levels of teaching and experience. As I've said, I have now bought three copies. I've already given one to a student teacher, will give one to a friend, and the third I am donating to our school's teacher library. I've already gotten several teachers to read my first two copies. Mr. Burgess, I'm honored to be in the same profession as you. Teaching teachers may be harder than teaching anyone else, and you've done a GREAT job! (As I have actually paid to be in your "class!") Thanks!


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  5. My biggest take away was to put away the fear of bad test scores and just teach. I also like to start thinking about would they come to my class if they didn't have to, and if not how can I get them to that point. Excellent book and I have already recommended it to several friends.

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  6. This book reconfirmed my commitment to educating my students with the highest level of integrity, enthusiasm, and rigor. As I create a curriculum, I will include instructional methods that will challenge my students to grow to the next level using age appropriate activities. This book proved thought provoking. I'm glad I participated. Thanks to all!!!

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  7. "Teach Like a Pirate" made me think about the beginning of my teaching career and how I approached designing lessons. Then I thought about the changes and "phases" that have come and gone over the years. Finally, I reminisced about my own high school years and thought about the teachers and the lessons that I remember standing out. It usually had something to do with how a teacher presented lessons, if they built in time for student expression and creativity, and if that teacher had any involvement with extra-curricular activities. I need to bring more enthusiasm to my classes on a daily basis. I will worry less about the test scores and evaluations and spend more time on preparing the WOW factor.

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