Based on Dave Burgess's popular "Teach Like a PIRATE" seminars, this book offers inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas that will help you to increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator.
You'll learn how to:
- Tap into and dramatically increase your passion as a teacher
- Develop outrageously engaging lessons that draw students in like a magnet
- Establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom
- Transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students
This groundbreaking inspirational manifesto contains over 30 hooks specially designed to captivate your class and 170 brainstorming questions that will skyrocket your creativity. Once you learn the Teach Like a PIRATE system, you'll never look at your role as an educator the same again.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #3046 in Books
- Brand: Burgess Dave
- Published on: 2012-08-18
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- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.00" h x
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- Binding: Paperback
- 202 pages
- Teach Like a Pirate Increase Student Engagement Boost Your Creativity and Transform Your Life as an Educator
From the Author
I have been traveling across the country delivering my passionate and inspirational message about how to improve education for both students and teachers. This book is based on the complete Teach Like a PIRATE system that I have developed to help teachers become wildly engaging in the classroom and more fulfilled in their profession. It not only includes the entire Teach like a PIRATE system that has left audiences of educators unbelievably fired up, motivated, and ready to tackle the world, but also includes a comprehensive section on exactly how to craft and design lessons that are irresistible to students.
The book includes over 30 hooks and 170 brainstorming questions that have been specially designed to skyrocket your creativity. The final section of the book is an uplifting guide created to help you overcome all of the obstacles and resistance that you will face on your voyage.
I can't tell you how many teachers have come up after my presentations and said, "You should write a book." Well, here it is!
About the Author
Dave Burgess is a highly sought after professional development speaker well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. His workshops, seminars, and keynotes inspire teachers and help them develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. He is an award-winning U.S. History teacher at West Hills High School in San Diego, California, where he has taught for sixteen years. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.
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658 of 688 people found the following review helpful.
Don't believe the hype. Just OK, especially for the price.
This review may not be popular, but it is honest. I was disappointed and underwhelmed overall with this book. I have taught elementary school for over 20 years and am passionate about what I do, and I'm always looking for new ideas to mix things up, and when I caught wind of this book I thought, why not? So many positive reviews, let's give it a shot. First of all, I would love for any of my kids to be in Dave's class, he is obviously a passionate and creative teacher! However, I felt like this book spent way too much time on generalities and not enough on specifics, and it really reads like a self-help book for fragile and discouraged teachers. Plus, much of his advice is pretty obvious--you should be passionate? Of course. You should have rapport with your students? Isn't that obvious? You should be enthusiastic? I HOPE SO!
His middle section on "hooks" WAS interesting and there were a few things I had not thought of much before, so I will probably use a few ideas from there. But the first section and the third section of the book contains too much "fluff." I believe the book could have been much better with those sections shortened and the middle section expanded (some hooks have no examples given at all, and others have some examples but they are not as specific as they could be to truly illustrate the identified "hook"). In other words, some interesting theory, but let's hear more about how it was truly applied. Perhaps part one was so long because otherwise the book would have been too short? While I was reading I kept thinking to myself, "Okay, okay, where is the meat?" THE PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS DON'T ARRIVE IN THE BOOK UNTIL OVER HALFWAY THROUGH! You may find yourself, as I did, thinking, "Okay, any minute now I'm going to get a great example of his methods. Any page now. Surely it will be in a few more pages. . . "
I think it would have been great if Dave would have collaborated with an elementary school teacher who could have given a perspective of how some of the hooks could work in primary and intermediate grades. Or at least he ought to expand on his specific examples, or give multiple examples. It's often easy to explain how a particular hook could work in ONE case, how about a few others? While you can certainly adapt Dave's hooks from his high school social studies classes to elementary classes, the book would be stronger with that additional perspective.
If you are a teacher who has a hard time getting motivated for your school year, then maybe the first and third sections will pump you up. But if you are excited about your school year and are just looking for some fresh ideas, only about a third of this short book is "meat," and while portions are tasty, THE BOOK IS OVERPRICED FOR THE CONTENT YOU GET. If I could get a second edition with an expanded part two and a much more abbreviated part one and three, I would give this book a second shot.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
I thought teaching like a pirate might have something to do with using other teachers ideas, but I was so wrong. Pirate is an acronym and Dave Burgess does a phenomenal job spelling out his ideas and using real examples from his classroom. He provides many questions to help you start brainstorming new ideas for your classroom. This book will leave you inspired and motivated to have better engagement in your own classroom.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
By Gabrielle Morales
I am reading this as a future teacher and absolutely loved every page! The way Dave writes is not only extremely engaging but he gives practical/real world examples from experience in implementing these strategies. Not to mention, he is very motivating and inspirational. There were times throughout the book I would be laughing out like, had goosebumps, shocked, and on the verge of tears. He is awesome and I am definitely going to read this again and keep it in my library as a resource!! :)