Imagine a school where students are running because they can’t wait to get to the next class, instead of dragging their feet because their next class, to them, will be as boring as their last class. That’s the concept behind “Teach Like a Pirate,” written by educator and professional development specialist David Burgess.
Big Walnut Intermediate School Principal Ryan McLane is a fan of “Teach Like a Pirate” — so much so that May 20 was Teach Like a Pirate Day at the intermediate school.
Teach Like a Pirate is a handbook on how to make classrooms more engaging.
During last year’s inaugural Teach Like a Pirate Day, McLane said if students didn’t have to be there, would teachers be teaching to an empty room? In other words, are they only there because they have to be?
Intermediate school students had 29 options available; they could choose five. The rules were simple: students could not attend any classroom experience more than once; once a classroom’s roster was full, the door would be shut and students had to find another experience to attend (hence the running); and have fun.
McLane said Teach Like a Pirate Day was a success due to the hard work of the intermediate school staff. Students would run between classrooms, hoping not to get shut out of one of the many exciting learning experiences on the day’s schedule.
“The fact that the staff created engaging experiences that the students would run to made it a tremendous day,” McLane said.
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