Thursday, July 11, 2013

Teach Like a Pirate Chapters 13-15

Stand and Deliver

What? Teachers are professional speakers? Come to think of it, we are. I find it fascinating that I can be so at ease in front of a big group of students and then terrified when speaking to a small group of adults. Now, over the years I have become more comfortable with the latter, but it took me some time and practice. Which is how I see integrating hooks into my lessons. I know it is not the quantity of hooks I use, but using just the right hook at the right time and lesson can have a profound affect on my students learning. And at the same time allowing their excitement and motivation about learning to sky rocket.
The six Stand and Deliver hooks are honed in to bring out that inner presenter and draw students in.

Advanced Tactics
Advanced tactics are just that- tools to enhance what we are teaching but not replacing the interaction between students and teacher. Burgess brings up a great point with the use of technology. As educators, we should definitely be exposing our students to the amazing technology that is available and incorporating that technology into our practice, but not allow that technology to facilitate as the teacher. It is that interaction between teacher and students that is the "magic." It's this interaction that helps create those Aha! moments for students.

Around the Edges
These hooks sound like a fun experience for the students and the teacher as well :) Yet, they go beyond that to the kind of environment we create in our classrooms. I have focused on this area in my teaching for some time. Challenging myself to create an environment that is welcoming, safe, and collaborative. The hooks Burgess presents here, will enhance my current practice. One of the hooks I am looking forward to using is the Contest Hook. I think it will help to build community and a healthy sense of competition.

Wow! I cannot wait to get started. How about you?

I have completed my project of bringing you an easy, go to place where you can find the hooks presented by Burgess. They will be more meaningful if you have read the book and Burgess's examples. Really, his examples brought each hook to life. Don't miss out on that.
I did not laminate mine because I want to be able to jot down my own examples. I hope you find them useful.  Here what they look like.

Please let me know what you think. Just click on the pick to download.


  1. I totally agreed with his stance on technology. We had one teacher on campus that only used technology. I'm so worried about how her students will do next year. I love technology but you've got to make it meaningful. Thanks so much for the freebie too!!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  2. Those "Pirate" hooks are going to get a lot of use in my classroom. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much! I wanted to do something similar to remind me of the hooks I wanted to try but I never got around to it. I really appreciate you taking the time to create this resource and share it!

    1. You welcome! I hope you get a lot of use out of them.

      2 Smart Wenches

  4. Thanks for the reminder cards.

  5. I found your blog through 3rd grade thoughts because she mentioned your hook cards. When I click on the picture, it thinks I just want to pin it on Pinterest (I did, BTW)... but I can't actually get to the cards.

  6. Just finally got around to reading this book! Great post with great resources!


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