Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

A Look at Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess

Throughout our careers, we all have "those days" at some point, no matter how positive we start the day.  I love the way Dave Burgess approaches such moments.  As educators, we quite often have to teach content we are not excited about delivering.  When those dreary feelings of despair sneak up on us and we discover that we are delivering our lessons without passion, it is time to reevaluate our future lessons.  Just because the content is not exciting to us, we can use the moment to teach what Dave refers to as "LCLs." In his book, Dave refers to LCLs as life-changing lessons, and he proceeds to give several examples showing how he took the normally mundane lesson and instilled LCLs.  As educators, most of us are in the profession to make a difference in the lives of children.  What better way than to sneak in an LCL that might possibly be a revelation to a child in the middle of teaching lattice multiplication!  Great read and I know you are all curious about how exactly teachers can be compared to pirates... pick up a copy of Teach Like a Pirate for a bit of summer inspiration!