Sunday, June 23, 2013

Teach Like A Pirate Chapter 6

My personality is one that tends to be on the quiet, calm side. I am definitely not one who want to be the center of attention. But, in the classroom I have enjoy the freedom of being  with students that are so open and nonjudgmental. Students (children) can bring out the best in me in many ways. 

Over the years, one way I have stayed passionate about teaching is by sharpening my teaching strategies. Mainly through professional reading and some conferences or web seminars. I don't know if I gave Enthusiasm as much importance as Burgess does. Don't get me wrong, I agree! But I think my ability to be "on" naturally evolved. Overtime, I realized my students were more engaged when I was more enthusiastic about what I was teaching. Now, I have those days where my morning starts out rough and I am less than enthusiastic. Honestly, this helps me move past me- "If I were their parent how would I want them taught today?" Parents want nothing but the best for their children, so why would I give them less?
Burgess offers two suggestions:
  1. Create a ritual that allows you to be effective- a greeting, music, chant, anything that will tell your brain that its time to be "on."
  2. Change what you focus on. Like I said, for me is knowing that that is someones pride and joy.
Be passionate! Be intentional!


  1. I love the suggestions. I have to think of what my routine thing is going to be so I remember I am on a stage for the day! Thanks for linking up!
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  2. I love your post! It's good to remember that WE want our students to have the best too!
    Rowdy in First Grade

    1. You are absolutely right! Teachers definitely want the best for them too.

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