Can I just say WOW to Parts 2 and 3 of Teach Like a Pirate. Dave Burgess (@burgessdave, http://www.daveburgess.com) delivers topics and action suggestions page after page. An amazing thing to remember is that he is a high school US History teacher and has a message and examples to educators at all levels. He gives LOTS of life to basic common threads in education – student success among meaningful learning. He offers 32 “Hooks” in Part II to help bring engagement and interest to your lessons. His words jump out of these pages!
Before I go any further, let me give you a heads-up that I’m including some Lurking Resources. If you check any of these out, you can add the title “Lurker” after your name and be proud of it!
As Dave mentions in his book, “Our profession isn’t broken….there is more energy propelling the profession forward than I can ever remember.” Teachers are in exciting times of education, one reason being that many are using technology in countless ways for student success and for professional growth. We are becoming richer with knowledge and technique as we share the treasures.
If you need some fresh ideas, Dave shares many ways to engage students and get a lesson sailing by providing variety in lesson delivery and in learning formats. Be creative! Some of my favorites hooks from the book follow.
*Real World Application Hook – Students create something real, beyond a classroom project, that will allow them to interact with the world in an authentic way (PBL! @biepbl) I’ll admit that this one seems challenging to me….but I’m not giving up on it because the process and outcome of it is so valuable.
*Student-Directed Hook – Give students a choice in their learning. Find out what their interests are. This hook certainly ties in with the Real World Hook. We can identify the value of this one as educators. EdCamps, the “unconference” conferences, are popular because teachers are choosing what they want to talk about. Imagine that! (@EdCampDallas is Oct. 12. http://www.Edcamp.wikispaces.com for more.)
*Opportunistic Hooks & Board Message Hooks – I’m excited to hear about and see examples of these fascinating, fun ways to link students to more information.These are on my “to do” this year:
QR Codes (Ruth Brandon, #popcsteachers, thanks for introducing this last year) and
Aurasma (@mattBgomez, http://goo.gl/BHO78, @TechMinock, http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com, @aurasma. And Twitter post today: @KleinErin)
* Storytelling Hook – This comes naturally to some, the art of storytelling. (Brenda Porter, #popcsteachers, is one of these dynamic storytellers. When she’s got an audience, she’s got the world!) This doesn’t mean that some of us are excluded from this hook. Just tell your story as you do, throw in a prop or two, some voice inflection, and a mysterious element. You’ve got it! Who doesn’t love a good story?
*Techno Whiz Hook – This is, of course, a natural favorite among students. Learn about apps, sites, social media, etc. & use them as a powerful teaching tool!
–Follow technology leaders. As you know, there are many of these knowledgeable, organized people. Some I follow are @rmbyrne, @web20classroom, @cybraryman1, @cjdelbalso-popcs instructional tech director. They keep the info flowing!
–Connect globally – Global Pen Pals @edmodo, “To Do’s” this year: Quadblogging (http://www.quadblogging.net, @DeputyMitchell) and Mystery Skype @SkypeClassroom (Thank you @DominiqueDynes & @kressclass)
Is your head spinning now? Back to the Real Deal, the reality of the day-to-day classroom. What will you DO?
Decide to DO. Find which Hooks are easily and best suited for your grade or a unit or a time of year. Keep a running list – the things you’d love to implement or incorporate or try this year. A list helps to keep you from being overwhelmed in the thought of having to “do it all.” The first goal you’ll have accomplished is starting a list. Love the small successes!
Step forward with a positive attitude, carve out time for collaboration regularly, communicate with peers consistently, and creative juices will begin to flow. I love the quote of Woodrow Wilson in the book, “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all the brains I can borrow.”
Finally, here’s the perfect place for Pirate Talk:
#tlap chat on Mondays 8pm CST.
You’ll find the Teach Like a Pirate discussion questions for
Roll up your sleeves and have your Pirate hat at hand as we prepare to sail into the waters of the 2013-14 school year!