Tuesday, June 11, 2013

ARGH.....Teach Like a Pirate Chapter 1

Teach Like a Pirate - Chapter 1

So as I started reading this book, one of the first things I came across in the introduction was:

"Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to set forth into uncharted territories with no guarantee of success."

- That describes any teacher at any building with any class.  Here comes this new crew of kids, and we are going to try to incorporate new learning and new material into their brains, with the hope of them taking this knowledge and showing their mastery in an assessment of some sort.  Can we guarantee each child's success, no!  We don't control their home life, their social life, or what they may face outside the school day.  We can only control what we teach and pray that it is enough to lead them to success.

Question 1 - What are you passionate about in your teaching?  - Me, I am passionate about helping those students who are struggling with reading find the one thing that makes reading a joy instead of a chore.  If I had all the money in the world, I would be volunteering at low academic achieving, low income schools and helping those students who need that extra care that is almost impossible to give during a busy school day. 
Question 2 - What ignites a fire inside you? - This past year I had a sixth grader who came to me from another country and due to language couldn't even tell me his colors or shapes.  The joy, the my "heart grew three times bigger that day" (How the Grinch stole Christmas), that I felt is what ignites me.  To see the growth, the passion, the light bulb in my students when they begin to succeed is what makes me want to continue my passion as a teacher.
Question 3 - What is your personal passion? - I'm not sure I would call it a passion, but my stitching.  Can it be considered a passion if you never seem to find the time to do it?  Is that right?  

If you want to see Mary from Guided-Math giver her summary and retell of Chapter one, head on over to her blog by clicking the link below.

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  1. Hi Nicole~Thanks for visiting my blog. :) I wanted to answer your question but it wouldn't let me respond to your email. Just wanted to let you know that you are set as a no-reply blogger just in case you didn't intend to be.

    I don't have a sample page with me. I let my students keep their notebooks so I only have to pics in my mind. I hadn't planned on blogging about the Word Attack notebooks and didn't think in advance enough to take a pic. Sorry... They are pretty simple tough. Just have them choose a few strategies and attack the words with them right there on the page. :) I hope you can use them. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. Reading is my passion too. I try my best to get my kids to love reading as much as I do! I want them to be life long readers!