How Teach like a Pirate changed my practice as an Educator

 

It was April of 2014, I was just a month and a half from completing my second year at Christian Life Schools and something happened. I felt burnt out. I had barely been in education for almost four years and I remember sitting in my office. I was fixing a few forgotten gmail passwords and was told on twitter: “You have to do something else with your App Dice, they are getting boring.” I had no other major planned classroom lessons happening until close to May 1st and I had just sent off my clean up for iPads for classrooms and final eRate quotes to be reviewed and I looked at my blog and went: “What can I do?” “What is the point, if I’m not in the classroom.” “I’m just another tech guy with no classroom and nothing better to do.” “I’m not good enough to do anything innovative or new.” Then I had Barbara Gruener point me towards a guy named, Dave Burgess and his book, Teach like a Pirate.

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From Kickstarter to Teach like a Pirate

Greetings Everyone, We now go from my Kickstarter book promotion to a Teach like a Pirate lesson. Outside of my book promotion, I have also been painting the ceilings in my house the last few days and as a result, I came up with some great Teach like a Pirate lessons along with some Tech like a Pirate lessons you can perform in the classroom from IOS to Google Apps. 1. Have students do searches for Kickstarter projects that interest them and see where they are in funding by days and money. Have students create their own projections on if … Continue reading From Kickstarter to Teach like a Pirate

Stick Around Teach like a Pirate Giveaway Winner, Stephanie Laird

I’m happy to announce the winner of my Stick Around Teach like a Pirate Giveraway winner is Stephanie Laird. She came up with this awesome Teach Like a Pirate Lesson: As a culminating activity for their persuasive writing unit, fourth grade students will write an essay from the perspective of a turkey, explaining why turkey should not be served at Thanksgiving. Once the writing has been edited and ready to publish, students will find a creative commons image of a Turkey, upload it to Blabbarize, and record their persuasive essay as if the Turkey is talking. The final Blabbarize will … Continue reading Stick Around Teach like a Pirate Giveaway Winner, Stephanie Laird

The Teach Like a Pirate Stick Around Giveaway

Greetings fellow educators and Pirates. I am offering a giveaway this week for a redemption code for Stick Around on the iPad. I’m looking for an educator who can create a great Teach Like a Pirate classroom lesson or project using tech and the educator with the best one will get the Stick Around Redemption Code. Please send me a tweet or respond to this post when you are ready. Continue reading The Teach Like a Pirate Stick Around Giveaway

Teach like a Pirate and Re enact those Famous Movie Scenes

For most schools its Homecoming Week. Time to get the school spirit on, crown a new king and queen, cheer on the team on Friday night and end it all with a nice dinner and dance. This week, we decided to re enact famous movie scenes our way. Its pretty simple, if everyone is dressed as the appropriate character, just do the still shots of the famous scenes but to add something a bit different, do it your way. Here I am doing a famous scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier but I’m dressed up as Bushido from DC … Continue reading Teach like a Pirate and Re enact those Famous Movie Scenes

Who am I Teach Like a Pirate Badge

I wanted to share this Teach like a Pirate lesson. The entire World is a Stage Hook and Pantomime Hook are some of my favorites since my undergraduate is in theatre. I thought it would be great if a student or teacher dressed up like someone and they gave clues or were a mime and the students would have to make guesses who they were. To take it the next level, instead of the student or teacher saying who was right or wrong, they have a “Hello my Name is” badge that has a QR Code or Aurasma target image … Continue reading Who am I Teach Like a Pirate Badge

Teach like a Pirate with Aurasma

Hello there matey. As you know for almost 2 weeks now I have been Teaching like a Pirate with my various lessons and I have been loving it. Well, I found out today there is a 30 Day Teach Like a Pirate Hook Challenge. Which means for the next 30 days can you incorporate a TLAP Hook into your classroom? Well, I’ve been doing it both on here and in the classroom and today I have a nice one. As some of you know, Dot Day is coming up and I have been working with my teachers to come up … Continue reading Teach like a Pirate with Aurasma