Summertime for teachers is for Relaxing, Refreshing, Reenergizing, and Reading. I use summer to find time for my soul to catch up with my body. A preferred way to make sure that all 4R’s receive attention is to read so the relaxing, refreshing and renewing fall into place naturally. The first book on my list is an inspirational but practical read about how to think through becoming a more capable, well equipped, successful, and notorious educator.
Tuning in to improve classroom frequency, does not mean having to be a modern-day Johnny Depp or learn how to speak like a P.I.R.A.T.E., but to find suggestions for increasing student engagement, boosting creativity, and making transformations as an educator. Passion, immersion, rapport, ask and analyze, and transformation stand for P.I.R.A.T.E. according to Davis Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate. He is on a crusade to offer inspiration, practical techniques, and innovative ideas towards classroom transformation. He has written a sort of roadmap for teachers to use to raise the level of passion in their classroom and teaching.
I was first captivated by David Burgess while watching a TEDx talk he gave. It was not the how but rather what he did to make finding the sum of four numbers adding to 67 so exciting. He oozed enthusiasm with a daring, adventurous pirate-like spirit setting the audience forth in uncharted territory as we were awed. He acclaim comes from doing the same with his high school students for almost two decades. Watching him in action and reading what he has to say is like what he says, “If the body leads, the brain will follow” or Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Search for a good book that inspires you while relaxing, refreshing, and reenergizing before your next the next class of students walks into your classroom. Happy reading.