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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teach Like a Pirate ... A Summer Book Study

Aaarrrggghhhhh you ready???

What do you call a pirate who skips class?   ...... Captain Hooky!

Why does a pirate take so long to learn the alphabet?  ......because they always gets stuck at "C"!

Ok. Ok.  Corny but funny.  I can't resist a good pirate joke!

I am terribly excited to take part in this summer's book study...

 Teach Like a Pirate
by Dave Burgess
Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator.
I am happy to kickoff the Teach Like a Pirate book study!  The book is broken down into three Parts.  Each part has coordinating chapters.  I'm going to focus on the first section of Part 1: Teach Like a Pirate! - The "P" in Pirate standing for... Passion.

I got my copy of this book a couple weeks before school let out (can I take a moment to whoop that it's summer!). The end of the school year, the time where you are running on empty, just making it day by day and counting down the days until summer break...  I think you all get this. 
The arrival of this book came just at the right time. I partly got my head out of the fog and had a moment of clear thinking, "Oh yah, teaching. I do love teaching!"
The author, Dave, goes to describe three types of passion.
1.  Content Passion - Taking a look at what subject matter you are most passionate about.
Personally, I think my Social Studies lessons are my most creative, spark producing.  In my fourth grade, we take virtual trips across the United States.  Each trip features a different region.  It is totally hands on, interactive and the kids LOVE it!  We take a whole morning, three hours, to take this trip.  Once the trip is over, sometimes I really feel like I actually took that trip.  I'd love to put more of this type of teaching into my other subjects. 
2.  Professional Passion- What are you passionate about in your profession
Outside the classroom I love being involved in professional development.  Which should be no surprise, considering this blog! :)
3.  Personal Passion- What are you passionate about outside your profession.
This is a hard answer for me because I'm on of those who dabbles in a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I don't have one single that I am totally crazy for and I'm ok with that.  I'm the type that when I want to know or try something, I'll go and figure it out.
I would like to think that most teachers got into this profession because they have some sort of passion for kids or learning. I think that passion is always inside you but sometimes it's stronger than others times. I'll admit there are days I'm just trying to get by. Then there are days where I have teaching brilliance. I think it is normal to fluctuate on the passion spectrum, whether it be high or low at times.  I look forward to using some of Dave's ideas and injecting more passion into my teaching!
Be sure to check out the next part of this book study next week at:  The Hands on Teacher in First.
Enjoy your reading!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Word Wall Posters Featuring Measurement - Capacity Terms

The other day, while I stood at my stove, stirring my dinner, I thought to myself, "Man, I should be halfway to retirement by now."  Which really is a joke because I've only been teaching for ten years.  However, when I thought about all the grade levels I have taught in multi-age settings, it really adds up... so here is my experience.

1st grade = 2 years
2nd grade = 4 years
3rd grade = 4 years
4th grade = 6 years

So all in total I have 16 years of grade level experience jam packed into ten years of teaching.  I have loved almost every minute of those "16" years so far!  ... but for the life of me I can't even begin to think how I ever got my mind on that topic while cooking! HA :)

In other news... I have a new word wall set for you today!  I am continuing my measurement theme here.  I created a set before, which you can find here.   Today's new set features the following terms:

Check them out!  Click on the link below to download your free posters today!


Friday, January 4, 2013

Free Game Friday- Nursery Rhyme and Cover

Holy Cuteness!  Looking for a basic number game for early learners?  Then check out this game created by Jennifer of Herding Kats in Kindergarten.  How adorable is this...
Students are practicing their number recognition while playing in pairs.  You get several different choices for game boards in this free download.  Click on the above links to get your free Nursery Rhyme and Roll today!