Aaargh You a Pirate? {Chapters 1-3}

Have you started reading this book yet?
I am absolutely loving Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess.
Sadly, I am behind in linking up with each chapter because I've been running around like crazy.  But, today I am going to link up my thoughts on Chapters 1-3.
I've actually read the entire book already.  I couldn't put it down.  I found myself head-nodding on every single page. If you haven't started reading this book yet {go get it now}, I'd like to share with you why I love the entire book.
#1 This book is written by a current teacher.  Dave Burgess is a high school teacher that is practicing what he is preaching.
#2 The purpose of this book is to provide teachers with tips on how to increase student engagement while boosting their own creativity.  I'm all about finding something that will engage my students.
#3 Dave Burgess is practicing what he is preaching.  Oh wait, I said that already.  But, really it's pretty impressive.  He also doesn't claim to know all of the answers and doesn't give off the vibe that everything in is book will work magically in your classroom.  He's realistic and shares tips and ideas that can work as long as the teachers reading the book look within themselves to find the creativity that is there and use it to the benefit of all students.

There are three parts to this book:
Part 1: Teach Like a Pirate
Part 2: Crafting Engaging Lessons
Part 3: Building a Better Pirate

In Part 1, it is broken down the the meaning of each letter of the word "PIRATE"~Passion, Immersion, Rapport, Ask and Analyze, Transformation, Enthusiasm

Today, {since I am late to the party}, I will be sharing my thoughts on Passion, Immersion and Rapport

Chapter 1: Passion
Like I said before, Dave Burgess is realistic.  He says, "Here is the secret:  We are not passionate about everything we teach."  And he's right.  We can't possibly LOVE every single standard that we are required to teach.  There are three components of passion in the classroom: content passion, professional passion and personal passion.  How do we show passion about fractions, for example?  In all reality, how can I possibly be that passionate about any of the math standards?  Simple. I rely on the other two components.  I rely on professional and personal passion.  Why did I become a teacher in the first place?  It certainly wasn't to become rich.  I wanted to foster a love for learning (personal passion).  This past year, it was by fostering a love for learning math.  I never in my wildest imagination thought I would only be teaching math. But, I want to bring that love of learning into my classroom.  It is through my delivery of the standards that my students can become passionate about learning math.  If I make it as fun and exciting as I can, they will be more engaged and enthusiastic about learning math.

Chapter 2: Immersion
Dave Burgess explains immersion with the following analogy:  Are you a lifeguard or a swimmer?  Do you sit on the sidelines in your classroom, or do you jump right in with your students and swim along?  I want to be that second example.  I want to be able to "give myself up to the moment" as he suggestions and be truly present in their learning.  It's simple, really.  In my opinion it is all about being a facilitator to learning rather than just a plain old director.  Again, it goes back to truly fostering a love for learning...the process of learning...and not just the outcome.  I will "be there".  Will you?

Chapter 3: Rapport
How do we build a solid rapport with our students so that they are as committed to their own learning as much as we are committed to "making them learn"?  Simple.  It's all about engagement.  One of the things that I try to do is build a relationship with my students from day one. So, when I read about Dave's Day 1, 2 and 3 lessons, I couldn't have nodded my head more ferociously.  Seriously.  My head about popped off.  Last year, I wrote an article for Really Good Stuff explaining what I do to build rapport with my students starting on day one.  This article sums up my belief that building that rapport is crucial to establishing the type of relationship I want with my students.  Please read the article {here} if interested :)

If you haven't already purchased this book, I highly recommend it. I'll be back with some more of my thoughts on the book later.  Consider linking up with Gina or Jennifer.  If you go to their blogs (click on their names), you will find a list of other bloggers who are reading the book and can read more about their thoughts, too.  
Argh!! :)


  1. I got the book a few weeks ago, but have been reading others just for pleasure..I'm gonna to pick this one up next week and begin reading it! Sounds good!


  2. I have never heard of this book but I am running out tomorrow to get it. You got me hooked! Thanks!


  3. I have been seeing this book all over Instagram! I need to pick it up...looks great!

  4. I love this post! I am glad you are linking up!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  5. I have the book and am participating in the book study via Twitter with Dave Burgess usign the hastag #tlap. You should join in if you are not already. I just read your article and love how you build rapport with your students on the first day.


  6. I have the book and am participating in the book study via Twitter with Dave Burgess usign the hastag #tlap. You should join in if you are not already. I just read your article and love how you build rapport with your students on the first day.


  7. Wow-I'm nodding my head reading your post! Love the lifeguard/swimmer analogy. Fantastic! Can't wait to read this book!


  8. Thanks for sharing! I must go get this book!


  9. I've never heard of this book! I'm ordering it on Amazon tonight! :) Thanks for sharing!

    Miss R's Room

  10. Love reading your overviews of the chapters! I clicked over and read your article about the first day of school. I teach 6th grade and it is so BORING at our school. The fun starts on day 2 :( Blech. I'm scouring to find fun activities for the first days of school...the rules can wait a day or two.

    Shenanigans in 6th Grade Math