- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. (September 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996989625
- ISBN-13: 978-0996989626
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 587 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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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.
If you are an ELA, foreign language, or history teacher this book may be helpful, but as a math teacher I didn’t get much out of it.
It talks a lot about creativity and has some very honest advice about how to stay motivated when teaching.
I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to all teachers.
Overall, very wonderful reading. Addressed my fear of not being a perfect teacher in my 2nd year, and has encouraged me to seek after excellence. Recommend this book to brand new teachers and those who are burned out or bummed out by the education system.. Define your passions! Rekindle the flame; the reason why you joined education!! Shape better future adults!