Teach Like a Pirate

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Every year at our school we have to set goals in both student achievement and instruction. This school year my team and I are making it our instructional goal to teach like pirates!

“So why a pirate? After all, we don’t want teachers who attack and rob ships at sea. Teaching like a pirate has nothing to do with the dictionary definition and everything to do with the spirit. Pirates are daring, adventurous, and willing to set forth into uncharted territories with no guarantee of success. They reject the status quo and refuse to conform to any society that stifles creativity and independence. They are entrepreneurs who take risks and are willing to travel to the ends of the earth for that which they value… Pirates don’t much care about public perception; they proudly fly their flags in defiance… That description of the pirate’s spirit sounds exactly like the kind of character we need more of in education.”  -Excerpt from Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess


Reading these books has drastically changed the way I teach and plan and engage with my students. I highly recommend any educator read them.


Here is some more information:

Dave Burgess’ Website

Teach Like a Pirate on Amazon 

Learn Like a Pirate on Amazon (different author, same publisher)

Dave Burgess on Youtube 

Christie’s initial blog post about teaching like a pirate 


One response to “Teach Like a Pirate

  1. Pingback: Jump on the #TLAP Bandwagon! | Adventures in Third Grade

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