The last few days, I have been busy with my teachers getting our new STEAM art curriculum set up as we await our Spheros and Drones and play with our new 3D printer. During the time of working out some great designs prints and planning some amazing lessons and projects, a wonderful lesson came to me. Using both Explore like a Pirate and Play like a Pirate teaching fun.
If you haven’t heard, I’m doing eXPlore like a Pirate all this month on Dice UP the Classroom. Based on the new book by Michael Matera. Which is all about bringing Gamification and Game-Inspired Course design to your classroom. I will be doing my Appification, which is App Smashing based around Game-Inspired design in another week to close out the month of January before leading to my new endeavor, Build like a Pirate starting in February. Check out Michael’s work both on his website and his book or look on twitter at #XPLAP or #tlap on twitter. Continue reading Remember eXPlore like a Pirate is all this month
This past weekend, after waiting what seemed like forever, my copy of Quinn Rollins, Play like a Pirate arrived. I filled a glass of lemond with the Care Bear, Funshine on it. Sat down on my new couch by the window and started reading. Like all the other Teach Like a Pirate books, it was filled with amazing ideas, lessons and a few things I never thought of, well one I had thought of. As we know, its Pi Day once again and I was planning on some fun ideas around Pi or pie, depending on what type of educator you are and after I turned to the Trading Cards chapter in PlayLap. I was taken a step back and a light bulb went off above my head. Continue reading “Happy Pi Day 2016 with some Play like a Pirate”
Hello Everyone, After an incredible night after reading Teach Like a Pirate I sadly had a quick turn around Saturday morning as they say: “The best laid plans.” Feeling down, I took the family grocery shopping and then later visited my nieces a few minutes away and my son, Tyler started playing with nieces, Lauren and Hanna who were playing ball with him. After a while, Tyler being his almost 4 year old self saw something in the garage. It was a pair of propeller spinner toys and the three of them were having a great time. My niece, … Continue reading Time to Chart a New Path like a Pirate
This weekend I finally received my copy of Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and in one night I read it into the wee hours of the morning. I was hooked to say the least, the book really hit me in all the right ways and also brought back memories of my experiences both as a student and as a teacher and what I’m trying to teach now in the classroom to my PK-12 students and teachers. When I was reading about The Costume Hook in “All the World is a Stage”, as soon as I read that … Continue reading My first Teach like a Pirate Classroom Project
Since 2014 I have been smashing Apps and other resources for my students and my co-workers. Leading to the creation of App Dice and inspiring many classrooms and teachers for student choice and creation. In the last couple of years, Dee Lanier has taken the use of App Smashing to the next level with Smashboard EDU. Smashboard combines the incredible use of App Smashes and DOK into incredible learning for both students and teachers. In the past month I have been taking the Smashboard and combining it with some gamification and eXPlore like a Pirate ideas and I came up with a Smashboard version of Kaboom.
The past week I have been looking back at 2017 and looking at all the good that happened. While I have talked about how 2017 has been one of the most difficult years I have faced in a decade. I have made it through (well in 4 days fore sure). When 2016 was coming to an end, I was looking at my “One Word” for 2017, which was Passion. What is the One Word? The “One Word” approach is choosing a word that is a driving force for the year, rather than creating a list of New Year’s resolutions, the One Word has been my go to the last two years. However, in year’s past I’ve settled on “a word” for the year, but I never really get it move past the first five months. When January 2017 began and news of my mother’s health had come out. I fell back on my One Word and focused on my drive as an educator and technology. It was one of the few things that was getting me through the first few months of 2017 as more bleak news kept coming at me. Especially when July 1st rolled around and I was refocusing on changing my teaching style as I searched for a job. I also focused on my One Word as I went back into the classroom in August and tried to keep it alive as the days went on. The problem was, I kind of went with my One Word on a semi basis instead of a plan or driving points.
We have all faced it. We are just going along doing out work on Google Chrome when it happens… the internet goes down! Can be so many reasons: bad connectivity, sever reboot, maintenance or maybe you are trying to upload too many files to the cloud. The T-rex Game has been a favorite pixel game to play while you are waiting for your internet to reconnect or just want to see how far you can go in the game. I have actually found Ten ideas you can use the T-rex game in the classroom using a few chapters from Table Talk Math, Explore like a Pirate and Instant Relevance.
As many of you know, since 2014 I have been Teaching like a Pirate and in just three years I have expanded my collection with all the various books from the Burgess Consulting Company. However, the two I have been using a a lot over the last year have been: eXPlore like a Pirate and Play like a Pirate. The last few months I have been incorporating both into my STEAM Enrichment classes and my students can’t get enough. A couple of weeks ago I was in the LEGO Store and I came across their Brick Headz sets.
Many of you know I am a classic game player, loving the classic NES Games. One who has had my heart for a long time is Megaman. The fighting robot out to save the world from the evil forces of Dr. Wiley. Back in October, I was able to acquire two Funko Pops of the Blue Bomber and his robot dog, Rush. I knew I wanted to use them for my STEAM classes and finally this past week I was able to incorporate them with my students.