Gotcha wondering? I’m proud to claim the title! I’ve come across these terms in the Twitter world of educators. Thanks to @web20classroom – if you’re “lurking” among tweets, retweets, links, and replies, you’re going to be in company! I’m finding so many amazing, knowledgable educators – who wouldn’t want to read their posts and follow them? This lurking business is a form of online education, you know. Because of this, I’m also putting apps into use (like Diigo) to sort and save plenty of resources – websites, articles, author posts, researched topics, graphics, book titles….. Which leads me to the Pirate part.
A Lurking Pirate
I’ve discovered Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess, (www.daveburgess.com, @burgessdave) through lurking on Twitter as well (thank you @KressClass) and through comments and references to it. The title alone had me hooked (har har – but it’s true!). This book is an excellent read, I think especially for the summer. The author is a high school US history teacher but writes for teachers of all grade levels by using meanings in the acronym PIRATE in the first half of the book.
Ask & Analyze
While not going into detail of each one (you’ll do that when you buy the book!),
I came across many treasures and was able to reaffirm many of my beliefs in teaching.
When days get tough, know that your professional passion is within you. It’s the heart of why you’re doing what you do. Bring this passion into the classroom and give this energy to those “dry” days. Remember that you’re making a difference every day in those lives in front of you. What kind of difference do you want to make?
Be there 100% for your students. Real Deal. Bring some energy and focus on what the students need. This is your calling, your profession.
Get to know your students. Not just their name, but take time to know about them. The times I’ve gone to events outside the classroom to see students in action shines a new light on them. Most likely, you are seeing them at something they love doing. Your teacher-student relationship becomes more meaningful when you put some meaning into it. Just think of your own life examples, times when someone has invested extra time with you. Even encouraging words mean a lot, don’t they?
Read and be involved in your own interests. Yes, this one is for you, teacher! You’ll be able to contribute new insights, findings, and experiences to your classroom. You’ll have an extra burst of your own life energy to bring and share.
“Read” your class, adjust your lesson or delivery (or both!), personalize and make it meaningful to the students, and throw in some creative aspect for them to showcase their personality. (This part on “Reframing” in the book has a story with it that I love – “Pirate Treasure!”)
Halfway through the book – more to come! In the meantime, I’m going to continue my Lurking Pirate practices. This is gold!