Time to Play and Explore like a Pirate in 3D Printing

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.

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Remember eXPlore like a Pirate is all this month

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

Happy Pi Day 2016 with some Play like a Pirate

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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”

Time to Chart a New Path 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

My first Teach like a Pirate Classroom Project

    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

LEGO Brick Headz as a Biography

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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.

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Mega Awesome Lessons

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.

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Putting a little STREAM into your classroom

The last few days I have been working on a set of images using Adobe Draw on my iPad. Taking a note from Tony Vincent‘s making your own Clipart and from Quinn Rollins Play like a Pirate I decided to combine them along with Julie Smith’s Master the Media and some of Michael Matera’s eXPlore like a Pirate. (Yes, I made these first for a reason).

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Using Poker Chips as Classroom Managment tool


This past week, I started using a chapter from eXPlore like a Pirate, Michael had talked about using Poker Chips for students with various gamification ideas. I decided them to use them as a classroom management tool. Working with middle schoolers, the biggest task is getting them to follow classroom rules. Continue reading “Using Poker Chips as Classroom Managment tool”

The Office Remodel Part 1


The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.

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