Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Teach Like a Pirate
I never write two posts in one day, but this time, it's called for! I FINALLY received Teach Like a Pirate today (it took a week and a half)! I've read three chapters so far (I had to stop for The American Baking Competition)... the most important being titled Rapport. I'll get to that in just a minute. Let me ask you a question: Why did you become a teacher? If you're like me and many of the people I work with, you might say something about helping students grow, learn, and become the best person they can. In chapter 1, Dave Burgess talks about PASSION. We should have a passion for teaching. Most of us do. BUT, what do we do when we don't have a passion for what we're teaching in a particular subject? Read to find out... ;-)
Rapport: We all know how important it is to form a good relationship with each of our students, but how often do we get the chance to sit down and really talk to our students... find out what interests them. Dave Burgess says there is a wealth of information in taking time to get to know each student. Finding out what interests them and then incorporating some of those things into lessons and presentations can cut off behavior issues before they start. Duh, right? He also mentions, and we should all remember this, "No content standard matters to me until I have established the safe, supportive, and positive classroom environment I need to successfully teach my students." Dave Burgess includes his First Three Days Plan where he gets to know students, engages their interests, and then convinces them that they will all be successful in his class. How powerful would it have been to have a teacher sell to you, "YOU WILL NOT FAIL!"?
I was really concerned that this book was going to be like every other required book study... boring. For me, it is not a required read, and it is anything but boring. Dave Burgess keeps you entertained while gradually morphing your thinking. I know you've seen the recommendations. Here is another: Go out and buy this book!
There is a blogger book study for the book. I'm not sure who originated the idea, but you can view a linky party with posts about the book here: Third Grade Tidbits