Teach Like a Pirate: Building Rapport, Student Engagement, and Creativity

While reading Dave Burgess’s highly popular educational tome Teach Like a Pirate, I discovered several key elements were repeated over and over again. These elements tie directly into the acrostic PIRATE, which stands for Passion, Immersion, Rapport, Ask and Analyze, Transformation, and Enthusiasm. While Burgess contends that a successful teacher will implement all of the … Continue reading Teach Like a Pirate: Building Rapport, Student Engagement, and Creativity

Sacrificing Characterization and Plot for an Ending: An Analysis of Avengers Infinity War

I have to admit something that is probably going to be unpopular: I thought Infinity War was a hot mess. I, of course, have been told--mostly by offended Marvel fans who are appalled that I dared to speak out against their Holy Bible of the MCU-- my opinion is invalid. According to them, I am … Continue reading Sacrificing Characterization and Plot for an Ending: An Analysis of Avengers Infinity War

Not a Waste of Time: Using Fan-fiction in the Classroom

I have a confession to make that may forever alter your opinion of me (those of you who have wandered onto my blog for the first time are currently thinking, Umm, I don't have any opinions). I love reading and writing fan-fiction. I currently have two fanfic accounts on the internet, which anyone with a semblance of … Continue reading Not a Waste of Time: Using Fan-fiction in the Classroom