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.
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