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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Learn Like a Pirate Chapter 1

I am so excited to be linking up with The Primary Gal again this summer for her book study over "Learn Like a Pirate!"  This is such a great PD book... it cuts through all that BIG worded mumbo jumbo and gets right down to what's important... LEARNING, your STUDENTS, the CLASSROOM, and YOU!

The author starts off by describing a student led classroom.  This is a classroom where students are allowed to discuss, work together, and explore while they are learning.  The students are happy to be there, they feel comfortable with their peers, they take pride in their classroom and they take ownership for their own learning.

One of the biggest points that stood out to me as a teacher is when the author said, "It is also extremely important to show appreciation for any attempt made despite the outcome..."  This is so important in a student led classroom.  You have to watch your words and how you react when a student gives the wrong answer or completes an assignment the right way.  Don't let your frustration... the "I told you, I modeled and you still didn't do it right!" tone of voice come out.  Students made react by being less likely to push themselves, try new things, or think outside of the box... which are all key components of a student led classroom. 

This was a super short intro chapter so you have plenty of time to catch up and join in the book study if you haven't started yet!  If you have already started reading, link your blog post up below!  If you don't have a blog and have read the book, leave a comment below!  I would love to hear your opinions!


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