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

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

Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Thirteen

For our last reading response of the course, we skipped ahead to chapter 13, which focused on teaching writing to struggling students.Writing has five main processes, which are as follows:Brainstorming—a time for generating ideas, stimulating thinking, making plans and creating the desire to write.Composing—Drafting thoughts, getting ideas down on paper and getting a purpose and … Continue reading Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties: Chapter Thirteen