Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Calling BS! - Teach Like a Pirate Chapter 4



Chapter four of Teach Like A Pirate - Ask and Analyze gets down to it.   David Burgess calls us on our BS!   He calls teachers out for excusing themselves from creating great lessons by claiming,  "I am not that creative!".  How many times have we heard that?  How many times have we said it?  He equates being naturally creative with being a natural brain surgeon.   People are not born naturally creative any more than anything else,  they work at it,  they ask important questions that lead to more creativity.   It was a wake-up call.  I think of myself as creative,  so this particular statement is not really my downfall.   BUT, I have said, things like,   "I am not good at math",  and I have let others take the lead in planning for math,  I have said,  "I am not a social studies person," and let myself off the hook when my lessons are less than spectacular.  NO MORE!   I felt convicted by this chapter,  but so motivated to stop setting limits on myself by believing that things are not my "strong points" .   I am going to work hard to ask myself better questions and put forth different energy to get the different results! 

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4 comments:

  1. Hi Heidi,
    I loved reading this post!! Your reaction is exactly what I was hoping for when writing the chapter and I can tell by your response to it that you are a self-reflective teacher...in other words a great teacher! Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts!!

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    1. Wow! I am so excited that you read this! Your book is AMAZING!
      Heidi

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  2. I love your new blog design! My copy of Teach Like a Pirate is on its way. I'm anxious to get started! I only skimmed your post because I don't want spoilers! LOL I'll come back once I'm caught up.

    So cool that Dave commented! :)

    Bren P. @ The Teacher Diaries

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    1. You will love it Bren! I can't wait to read what you think about it!
      Heidi

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