Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed


Learn Like a Pirate: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed Author Paul Solarz
ISBN-10 098821766X
ISBN-13 9780988217669
Year 2015-03-09
Pages 274
Language English
Publisher Dave Burgess Consulting, Incorporated
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Collaboration Empowerment Student Leadership These buzz words get a lot of press but what do they really mean for today s students Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often Won t all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom Not if you re teaching them to learn like PIRATES Peer Collaboration builds community and supports teamwork and cooperation Improvement focused learning challenges students to constantly strive to be their best Responsibility for daily tasks builds ownership in the classroom Active learning turns boring lessons into fun and memorable experiences Twenty first century skills engage students now and prepare them for their futures Empowerment allows students to become confident risk takers who make bold decisions In Learn Like a PIRATE teachers will discover practical strategies for creating a student led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience You ll learn strategies for Crafting active relevant and interesting lessons Creating opportunities for student leadership Providing effective and beneficial feedback Instilling confidence so students can take risks Increasing curiosity and passion for learning Incorporate the techniques and strategies Paul Solarz uses in his student led classroom and watch your students transform into confident collaborative leaders In Learn Like a PIRATE Paul Solarz explains how to design classroom experiences that encourage students to take risks and explore their passions in a stimulating motivating and supportive environment where improvement rather than grades is the focus The particular techniques and the underlying philosophy he offers are highly consistent with teaching practice at the distinguished level in my Framework for Teaching In that model I tried to describe at the distinguished level classrooms in which the teacher has created a community of learners with the students themselves assuming much of the responsibility for what occurs there Mr Solarz offers specific ideas for how to accomplish that Charlotte Danielson author of Enhancing Professional Practice A Framework for Teaching As I read Learn Like A PIRATE I regretted that I was not teaching in the classroom where I would be able to work with students in the thoughtful and imaginative ways that he suggests It is rare that we have a first hand report of the day to day practicalities of transforming classes into places where students can become self directed curious interdependent learners Paul has succeeded in sharing his passion for authentic 21st century teaching as well as inspiring us to imitate and invent our own models for preparing our students for an increasingly complex world of invention and problem solving Bena Kallick Co director of the Institute for Habits of Mind

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