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.

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!


26 comments:

  1. I want to know more about your virtual trips across the US! That sounds amazing and is just the kind of thing to hook your fourth graders! I had a hard time with personal passion also. I love blogging and I love being crafty but I'm not full force about one particular thing. I can't wait to see how excited I feel after reading the rest of the book!

    Rowdy in First Grade

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  2. I LOVE the idea of virtual field trips! I have tried to wrap my mind around them for my students so we can do them, but I just haven't gotten there yet. It doesn't help that we are on a strict time limit every day and I worry about getting behind. This is definitely something you should do a blog series on. ;)
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  3. I did a cross country trip with a few of my teaching pals about five years ago and did virtual field trips for my students with pictures that I took myself! :) I did voice overs too! :) It was the best thing I did in third grade...hands down! The kids thought it was awesome! :) Social Studies is TOTALLY my passion! ;)
    I'm so glad to meet a fellow social studies lover! :)
    Thanks for your honesty and transparency on this post. I think that the perception of some of us teacher/bloggers is that we can 'do it all'. Or that we've got energy to burn. Sometimes...we get burnt out too, and totally need to recharge with some great downtime, or encouraging professional development! :)
    Super glad to participate in this with you! :)
    XOXO,
    Tamara

    Mrs.Russell's Room
    First Grade

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  4. Alright I am going to need BOTH of you social studies lovers to send some of that my way haha. I have never been a big fan, though it isn't as bad as science to me. It is amazing how the world thinks teachers don't get burnt out like every other profession, if not more!
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

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  5. I'd also really love to hear more details about your regions of US study. I teach this to my 4th graders also. I love to try to make history/geography come to life for them. I haven't put as much time into this unit as I would like, so please share!!!! When I can't drum up my own passion, I like to steal others :0)

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    1. Teachers are some of the best, most honest "thieves"... but we all love to share our ideas, so it is acceptable. In this case anyways. :)
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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    2. We don't call it 'stealing' and we aren't 'thieves'. On our campus we call it legal looting!

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    3. Woodrow Wilson said, "I not only use all the brains I have, but all that I can borrow"

      Terri Izatt
      KinderKapers

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  6. Happy to be part of this book study! I tried to keep up with a study of this book during the school year, fell hopelessly behind, and gave up. This time I hope to keep up with - or ahead of - the reading.

    Also, this brought me to your blog, where I am a new follower.

    Julie
    Math is Elementary

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    1. Julie if you are posting your thoughts in your blog, please feel free to link up with us. This way everyone who is participating can find your thoughts too! We are posting Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Chapter 2 is this Thursday!
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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  7. Fabulous book and you did a wonderful job discussing the first part! :) Thanks for sharing your insights about the book. I look forward to reading more discussions on it! ARghhhh!!!
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Brandee if you post any of your thoughts on your blog, feel free to link up with us!
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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  8. Mary,

    I enjoyed reading your blog on the first chapter of "Teach Like a Pirate." Most of my notes on the chapter are on my blog. Feel free to click on over and see what I had to say. Can't wait for Chapter 2.

    Nicole
    Teaching, Stitching, and Parenting

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    1. Nicole- hop over to my blog and add your link so we can all read your posts! We would love to have your posts linked up.
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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  9. I read the book this week and was so pumped that I started spreading the news.

    I also put my reflection on my blog.

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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  10. I had a hard time answering the personal passion question myself because I love to read and dabble in scrapbooking. It was hard to pick one thing. Also, I think I get stuck on school so much that my personal passions fall to the wayside.

    Jana
    Thinking Out Loud

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    1. Oh Jana I am the same way! I have a TON of personal passions. But it's funny when I sat down to make the list (yep I wrote them right in the book) it dawned on me that every one of them find their way into my classroom, even in just the slightest way. And the kids pick up on it. And I totally agree that personal passions fall to the wayside. I need more time in a day!
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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  11. I just bought this book! You have me sold! I am also loving this blog! The one BIG goal I have for next year is to improve my guided math groups!!

    Thank you so much!


    First Grade Teacher Lady

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    1. Autumn, when you get the book, feel free to post your thoughts and link up with us. It is a really easy read!
      Gina
      Third Grade Tidbits

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  12. I love the idea of the virtual field trips! Do you have some older blog posts about it? If not please share this summer. Just ordered the book from Amazon this morning.

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  13. I would love to hear more about your virtual field trips as well. I would say that social studies is one of my least exciting times of the day so I am super excited to see what you have to write about it - because there is nothing like someone else's passion to build on your own! Love this book study!
    Heidi

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  14. Have you ever taken a lit trip? Google Earth trips based on books...and many are already done for you! Jerome Burg started this website in conjunction with Google Earth. Check it out! www.googlelittrips.org/

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

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  15. Okay so I'm waaaay behind in this book study but I'm working to catch up! I just want to say I loved your post on chapter 1 and I've finally got mine done. I'm hoping to catch up this week. We'll see. Anyways, thanks!
    Shibahn
    Mrs. Landry's Land of Learning

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  16. Yay! I was hoping to find a book study about this book! I started reading it yesterday. It's an easy read, but it makes me really think about my practice as an educator...

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  17. This is a great article. My son struggled with math and needed a tutoring to help him learn it better. thought Bay Area Tutors was great because they knew how to make him feel comfortable. They also provided tutoring services when they come to your own home.

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  18. I know I'm a year late, but I just started this book this summer. I want to psych myself up for my transition to first grade. The part about professional passion was helpful for me since I don't know what my favorite content will be yet! So I felt like it helped me take the time to focus on why I love teaching generally, and will help me keep it in mind as I figure out what makes those first graders tick. :)

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