Learn Like a Pirate

Learn Like a Pirate Author Paul Solarz
ISBN-10 098821766X
Release 2015-03-09
Pages 250
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"QR codes provide additional Pirate resources!"--Page 4 of cover.



Teach Like a Pirate

Teach Like a Pirate Author Dave Burgess
ISBN-10 0988217600
Release 2012
Pages 177
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In this book you'll learn how to: tap into your passion as a teacher - even when you're less than excited about the subject; develop creative presentations that capture your students' interest; establish rapport and a sense of camaraderie in your classroom; transform your class into a life-changing experience for your students. --from back cover.



Lead Like a PIRATE

Lead Like a PIRATE Author Shelley Burgess
ISBN-10 1946444006
Release 2017-03-15
Pages 250
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In Lead Like a PIRATE Burgess and Houf map out the traits necessary to captain a school or district. You'll learn where to find the treasure already in your schools-and how to bring out the best in your team. This book will equip and encourage you to be relentless in your quest to make school amazing for your students, staff and communities.



Explore Like a PIRATE

Explore Like a PIRATE Author Michael Matera
ISBN-10 0986155500
Release 2015-11-10
Pages 229
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Are you ready to transform your classroom into an experiential work that flourishes on collaboration and creativity? Then set sail with classroom game designer and educator Michael Matera as he reveals the possibilities and power of game-based learning. In Explore Like a PIRATE, Matera serves as your experienced guide to help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom using strategies that work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum. Part one debunks common myths and fears about gamification and explains why and how game-based learning effectively engages students in any subject or grade level. Part two focuses on how you can empower students to take control of their learning. You'll also learn all about the different kinds of players in your classroom - and how to inspire them to set and achieve big goals. Part three is an all-in-one treasure chest, tool box, and field guide. Packed with ideas and examples that can be applied or adapted to any classroom - from badges and points, to mini-games and yearlong adventures - this is a resource you'll return to again and again.



Lead Like a Pirate

Lead Like a Pirate Author Christopher Novak
ISBN-10 0979800919
Release 2007-08-01
Pages 88
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Sets tips for effective team leadership in the age of pirates, focusing on captain, crew, mission, strategy, and treasure.



What Connected Educators Do Differently

What Connected Educators Do Differently Author Todd Whitaker
ISBN-10 9781317566427
Release 2015-02-18
Pages 172
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Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas are widely acclaimed experts on teaching and leading and are pioneers in the education twitterverse, and now they are sharing their best practices! In What Connected Educators Do Differently, they show how being a connected educator—by using social media to connect with peers across the country and even across the globe—will greatly enhance your own learning and your success in a school or classroom. You’ll find out how to create a personal and professional learning network to share resources and ideas, gain support, and make an impact on others. By customizing your professional development in this way, you’ll be able to learn what you want, how you want, when you want. Best of all, you’ll become energized and inspired by all the great ideas out there and how you can contribute, benefiting both you and your students. Whether you are a teacher or school leader, you will come away from this book with step-by-step advice and fresh ideas to try immediately. Being a connected educator has never been easier or more important than it is right now!



P Is for Pirate

P Is for Pirate Author Dave Burgess
ISBN-10 0988217643
Release 2014-11-21
Pages 54
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"Teaching is an adventure that stretches the imagination and calls for creativity every day! In P is for pirate, husband and wife team Dave and Shelley Burgess encourage and inspire educators to make their clasrooms fun and exciting places to learn" -- page 4 cover.



Building a Community of Self Motivated Learners

Building a Community of Self Motivated Learners Author Larry Ferlazzo
ISBN-10 9781317753650
Release 2015-03-24
Pages 176
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Award-winning teacher, blogger, and author Larry Ferlazzo is back with more insightful research and strategies for helping students want to care more about school and learning. In his previous books on motivation—Helping Students Motivate Themselves and Self-Driven Learning—he tackled ways to help students build intrinsic motivation by how you use class time, manage your class, encourage students to feel positive about learning, help them not feel burned out by testing, and more. In this book, he looks at how teachers can create classroom conditions that are needed for motivation to grow in the first place. Ferlazzo provides research-based suggestions on what you can do today to help students want to develop qualities like physical health, grit, flow, and a desire to transfer what they’re learning to life outside of school. At the end of each chapter, you’ll find high-interest lesson plans, correlated to the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards, that set the stage for long-term positive impacts. Students will read about sports stars, how maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help them achieve their goals, and other engaging topics. They will integrate information from various texts and make connections to their own lives, hopes and dreams—a more powerful way to learn to care than being told they should. The readings for these lessons and other tools are available as free eResources on our website so you can easily print them for your students.



Helping Children Succeed

Helping Children Succeed Author Paul Tough
ISBN-10 9780544935310
Release 2016-05-24
Pages 144
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In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced us to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children’s success. Now, in Helping Children Succeed, Tough takes on a new set of pressing questions: What does growing up in poverty do to children’s mental and physical development? How does adversity at home affect their success in the classroom, from preschool to high school? And what practical steps can the adults who are responsible for them—from parents and teachers to policy makers and philanthropists—take to improve their chances for a positive future? Tough once again encourages us to think in a brand new way about the challenges of childhood. Rather than trying to “teach” skills like grit and self-control, he argues, we should focus instead on creating the kinds of environments, both at home and at school, in which those qualities are most likely to flourish. Mining the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, Tough provides us with insights and strategies for a new approach to childhood adversity, one designed to help many more children succeed.



Pure Genius

Pure Genius Author Don Wettrick
ISBN-10 0988217627
Release 2014-08-16
Pages 170
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Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level Because innovation deserves more than one hour a week. You've heard the complaints too many times: When am I ever going to use this in the real world? Why are we learning this? When are we going to learn about something interesting? But what if your students came to class excited? What if they were passionate about their projects? What if they grasped the connection between today's work and tomorrow's careers? In classrooms across the nation, innovative teachers are employing passion-based, open-source learning to improve their student's education. In Pure Genius, Don Wettrick encourages teachers and administrators to collaborate--with experts, students, and one another--to create interesting, and even life-changing opportunities for learning. You'll discover: Innovation brings a fresh approach to solving real problems Creative ways to work within the constraints your current budget and system Courses that offer relevant content can inspire students to learn beyond the classroom Collaborating with experts and mentors improves the learning experience for students and teachers Students must be taught and entrusted to appropriately use social media Social media is an incredible resource for inspiration and professional development Innovation is the key to equipping today's students for tomorrow's marketplace. By incorporating the concepts Don explains in Pure Genius, you can empower the next generation to be free thinkers who can create new concepts and products that can change the way we live.



Student Centered Learning

Student Centered Learning Author Bill Nave
ISBN-10 1612508227
Release 2015-08-25
Pages 272
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What does student-centered learning look like in real-life classrooms? In this collection, educator Bill Nave and nine award-winning K 12 teachers tell the story of how and why they changed their teaching and redesigned their classrooms in order to reach every child. "Student-Centered Learning" argues that it is possible for all teachers no matter what setting they teach in to become extraordinary and for students to develop and realize their own unique personal goals. The teachers who speak from these pages bring the reader into the kinds of classrooms we hope to create for all students. They show that student-centered practice requires deep knowledge of the subject to be taught, a repertoire of instructional approaches, the ability to respond when one approach is not working, and the trust of their students. "Student-Centered Learning" is an inspiration and celebration of good practice. Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education "Student-Centered Learning" offers inspiring and practical ideas for redesigning instruction that puts the needs and interests of students first. Written by exemplary teachers who share their struggles and joys in creating student-centered classrooms, it is a must-read for all people preparing to teach, and for experienced teachers who are looking for a way to revitalize their practice and motivate students. Therese A. Dozier, director, Center for Teacher Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Education "Student-Centered Learning" is a deeply needed and timely work that takes us inside the classrooms of outstanding teachers. These educators share insightful strategies for making learning focused on individual needs. This book should be essential reading for every beginning educator, educator preparer, and educators seeking to grow their practice. Katherine Bassett, executive director and CEO, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2000 Bill Nave is a program evaluation and research consultant based in Maine. From 1968 to 1993, he taught sixth through twelfth grade science to students in New York and Maine and created programs for at-risk students and high school dropouts. He was selected as Maine s 1990 Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year."



Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom Author H. Lynn Erickson
ISBN-10 9781506354309
Release 2017-02-14
Pages 248
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Develop students’ critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and creative learning skills with concept-based teaching! Take learning beyond the facts with a teaching approach that develops conceptual thinking and problem-solving skills. A Concept-Based curriculum recaptures students’ innate curiosity about the world and provides the thrilling feeling of using one’s mind well. Concept-Based teachers will learn how to: Meet the demands of rigorous academic standards Use the Structure of Knowledge and Process when designing disciplinary units Engage students in inquiry through inductive teaching Identify conceptual lenses and craft quality generalizations



Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning

Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning Author John Larmer
ISBN-10 9781416620334
Release 2015-05-26
Pages 240
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Project based learning (PBL) is gaining renewed attention with the current focus on college and career readiness and the performance-based emphases of Common Core State Standards, but only high-quality versions can deliver the beneficial outcomes that schools want for their students. It’s not enough to just “do projects.” Today’s projects need to be rigorous, engaging, and in-depth, and they need to have student voice and choice built in. Such projects require careful planning and pedagogical skill. The authors—leaders at the respected Buck Institute for Education—take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess PBL using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing PBL systemwide and the use of PBL in informal settings. Examples from all grade levels and content areas provide evidence of the powerful effects that PBL can have, including * increased student motivation and preparation for college, careers, and citizenship; * better results on high-stakes tests; * a more satisfying teaching experience; and * new ways for educators to communicate with parents, communities, and the wider world. By successfully implementing PBL, teachers can not only help students meet standards but also greatly improve their instruction and make school a more meaningful place for learning. Both practical and inspirational, this book is an essential guide to creating classrooms and schools where students—and teachers—excel.



Play Like a PIRATE

Play Like a PIRATE Author Quinn Rollins
ISBN-10 0986155543
Release 2016-02-01
Pages 151
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The author presents his own perspectives and techniques for making play part of his classroom's learning experience; includes QR code links to resources and templates.



The Classroom Chef

The Classroom Chef Author John Stevens
ISBN-10 0988217686
Release 2016-03-15
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"I just don't get math." If you're a math teacher, you probably can't count the number of times you've heard students, parents, and even fellow teachers make a disparaging statement about your subject. As math teachers and instructional coaches, John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey know how discouraging it feels to look out into a classroom full of disinterested and confused students. But they also know how amazing it feels to see comprehension dawn in their students' eyes - when a concept suddenly makes sense and math becomes meaningful. In The Classroom Chef, John and Matt share their secret recipes, ingredients, and tips for serving up lessons that engage students and help them "get" math. You can use these ideas and methods as-is, or better yet, tweak them and create your own enticing educational meals. The message the authors want to convey is that, with imagination and preparation, every teacher can be a Classroom Chef. Far from bland or boring, the lessons and ideas in The Classroom Chef spark curiosity-and occasionally bewilderment and awe (yes, in math class). After all, mullets, ziplines, and sharks aren't standard topics for typical math classes. But maybe they should be.



Creating Cultures of Thinking

Creating Cultures of Thinking Author Ron Ritchhart
ISBN-10 9781118974629
Release 2015-02-23
Pages 384
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Discover why and how schools must become places where thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted As educators, parents, and citizens, we must settle for nothing less than environments that bring out the best in people, take learning to the next level, allow for great discoveries, and propel both the individual and the group forward into a lifetime of learning. This is something all teachers want and all students deserve. In Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, Ron Ritchhart, author of Making Thinking Visible, explains how creating a culture of thinking is more important to learning than any particular curriculum and he outlines how any school or teacher can accomplish this by leveraging 8 cultural forces: expectations, language, time, modeling, opportunities, routines, interactions, and environment. With the techniques and rich classroom vignettes throughout this book, Ritchhart shows that creating a culture of thinking is not about just adhering to a particular set of practices or a general expectation that people should be involved in thinking. A culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work.



Ditch That Textbook

Ditch That Textbook Author Matt Miller
ISBN-10 0986155403
Release 2015-04-10
Pages 240
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Are you ready for a change? You know potential exists for innovative, engaging, revolutionary education if you get the right ideas, right tools, and right people, all in the right order. If that sounds like you, then you're ready to DITCH old mindsets and methods and replace them with empowering, liberating ones. Author and teacher, Matt Miller shows you how to choose and incorporate teaching practices that are: Different from what students see daily. Innovative, drawing on new ideas or modifying others' ideas. Tech-laden with the use of digital sites, tools and devices. Creative, tapping into students' original ideas as well as your own. Hands-on, encouraging students to make and try things on their own. Packed with practical advice, specific recommendations for tools, and the encouragement you need to revolutionize your classes, Ditch That Textbook will inspire you to create relevant teaching that gets student buy-in so they'l enjoy learning.