Monday, October 31, 2016


Dave Burgess: Teach Like A Pirate

I was very lucky to get invited to FallCUE this year as a panel member to talk about BreakoutEDU.  One of my favorite things to talk about with other educators!  We had a fun time doing a mini game of Spyder Heist and talking about how the games can enhance our lessons.

My friend and colleague +Knela Newton asked me if I was going to go to the special session by author Dave Burgess.  I had heard of his book and Knela was going so I signed up.  I am so happy I did.  Dave Burgess was the best part of CUE!!!  He gave us strategies that will interest the kids.  We are all creative, no matter what we think.  One of my favorite strategies was the hook, put something in a bag, box, your pocket and tell the kids you will tell them all about it then move onto something else.  Keep doing it until you build their excitement.  You need to create moments that your kids will remember.  Creating experiences and moments they will remember for the rest of their lives is part of being a teacher.

I tried this strategy today and they kids loved it.  They were begging me to tell them what was in the bag.  I got to tell them my story of becoming the first place winner in the Chrome Warrior CUE challenge.  It was a tale of perseverance and encouraging friends.

I look forward to reading Teach Like A Pirate and implementing the strategies.  Thank you Knela for suggesting we go to see Dave Burgess.