Quinn Rollins asked me to read his book and provide some feedback for him awhile ago, and I have to apologize to him for taking so long. I am still not done with the book but after reading a few more chapters tonight I had to share some of the awesomeness of the book.
Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess lays the foundation for revolutionizing the teaching profession and provides the broad strokes that forever changed my teaching practice. Play Like a Pirate fills in the details of what those ideas can look like in the Social Studies classroom and beyond. Quinn Rollins took the ideas of Teach Like a Pirate and created a manual for integration into the classroom.
Play Like a Pirate is not only filled with real world examples of the TLAP principles that includes QR code examples of actual student work, it was a walk down memory lane. The book is filled with examples of toys that I grew up playing with, that transported me to new worlds by unlocking my imagination. The activities Quinn describes connect to my childhood, but also to our students childhood which helps make school fun and engaging.
Each Chapter of Play Like a Pirate helped unlock potential learning opportunities for students. Quinn illustrates lessons he uses with his students and each time I find myself imagining how I can use that lesson with students or connect the concept to new content. It is a treasure trove of creative gold! It makes me miss being in the classroom everyday. There are so many great Social Studies lessons and activities that I would be set for a semester. While Quinn is a Social Studies teacher by trade, he has included numerous ideas of how to incorporate the ideas into other subjects. I am excited to read the rest of the book and more importantly share the ideas with other teachers to continue seeing the TLAP message impact education.
Most of us aren't quiet finished for the year and many might have just panicked a little at the mere mention of end of the year.
I am not telling you to cash it in for the year. Rather this is a call to reflect on this past year and end with a bang.
Q1 What goal(s) did you have for this year that you achieved or even went above and beyond with what you were able to accomplish?
Q2 What goal(s) did you fall short? What did you learn from this?
Q3 What were your best lessons of the year?
Q4 Which lesson(s) failed to achieve lift off? Which ones faltered, flopped or FAILED?
Q5 What are you most proud of achieving this year?
Q6 What are you most proud of your students for having accomplished this year?
Q7 Why do you teach?
Q8 Why do your students come to school, to your classroom? -- If you don't know there is still time to find out- ask them- learn from them- set goals to make them want to come for positive reasons. What can you do to make kids want to come even when they don't have to?
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Game of Life
I was looking through my Twitter feed the other night and came across #nt2t chat having a different kind of conversation so I investigated a little. They were rocking a Jeopardy like chat. The moderator was posting answers and the participants had to respond with questions.
I liked it! Yes it is easier for me to come up with 8 answers than questions! But I really like the fact it allowed for so many different responses by the participants. So we are going to try that tonight in #sstlap
I have answers - do you have questions?
cinco de Mayo http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo/videos/ask-history-cinco-de-mayo
St. Patrick's Day http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day/videos/history-of-st-patricks-day
Chinese New Year
Q1 Happy Cinco de Mayo! This marks Mexico's defeat of France's overwhelming forces. http://goo.gl/OjlMQI What are some examples of perseverance you have witnessed in your students or colleagues. #sstlap
Q2 Kwanzaa celebrates uniqueness and cultural identity. http://goo.gl/cyUZYJ How do you bring the cultural identity and uniqueness of your students into your classroom? #sstlap
Q3 St. Patrick's Day http://goo.gl/HavCH1 has become a symbol of unity and community across the country. How do you create community in your classroom and school community? #sstlap
Q4 Ramadan http://goo.gl/oMtWYK is the Islamic holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer. How do you incorporate introspection or reflection into your lessons for students and yourself? #sstlap
Q5 Hannukkah http://goo.gl/rKLDcb the festival of lights commemorates the dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem. It is marked with food, family gatherings and gifts. What traditions do you create in your classroom that bring in food, family or gifts? #sstlap
Q6 Chinese New Year http://goo.gl/qKg4x1 is a time to look at the past and set goals for the future. What goals do you have for your class, and how can you incorporate goal setting with your students? #sstlap
Q7 Today's chat is all about holiday's and traditions. How do you bring in the history, traditions, and culture of the people's you study and the students you teach? Make connections! #sstlap
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