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Thank you all that called in to listen to Dave Burgess discuss his vision of Teach Like A Pirate! What a warrior he truly was after his emergency root canal this morning. It truly goes to show he is committed to what he does.


Any of the textbooks that Dave mentioned including P is for Pirate and Learn Like A Pirate, can be found on his website:

He also referenced for Ditch that Textbook, and the free digital e-book about being a Digital Pirate.


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If you were listening in on the call today, and I did not call off your name at the end of the call, let me know so you can get your Gold Doubloons!


Bronze Doubloons will be awarded for anyone that follows Dave on Social Media sites!

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Feel free to use this post as a place to post what you took away from his call, and share any inspirational quotes or thoughts that may have resonated with you. These were a couple of mine (Katie's):


"You can't announce change from the podium!"


"Spark Action!"


Assignment 6 will be posted shortly!

Part I: Ask & Analyze


I have been in the Agricultural Education profession for almost 10 years and am still working to master teaching techniques. As learners change, educators must strive to constantly adapt lessons and teaching strategies to meet the learners' needs. I am constantly striving to work lessons that are effective and equip learners with the necessary information. I'll continue to develop as a learner and teacher. I carry several small notebooks with me ( in my bag, in my car, in my computer bag) so that if I have an idea I capture it and have it to return to when I'm planning and developing lessons. However, there are times where I am without one of my notebooks or a pen, if this happens, I will use my cell phone using the Evernote App to capture the idea that will then sync with my computer OR I'll just call and leave myself a message on my office phone.

Can you believe it is already assignment #5 and we are wrapping up Part I? Neither can we.

For completing this assignment, you will earn Turquoise!

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The Commitment to Being “On”-Board

“I refuse to cheat a student by delivering a sub-par performance just because he has me later in the day, or early in the day when I’m not quite awake.

Although no mother stands in the back of the room with a checkbook, in a very real sense, I know forty mothers and a whole community are counting on me.”

                                                                                                  -Dave Burgess


Now that we are wrapping up Part I of Teach Like a Pirate and have explored what it means to be a PIRATE, it is time to commit to being on- board the ship. Each pirate and crew member has different passions and motivations to why they lead the lifestyle they do, but the one thing they all have in common is that they chose to get on the same ship. This course is designed to be about an individual journey because each of you is at a different point in your careers, your communities and school districts require different things, and in general, no two people are the same. However, we are committing to getting on the same ship because we want to develop professionally- to be better teachers.


We are committing to being on-board the same ship to be PIRATEs. In Teach Like a Pirate, PIRATEs is a mnemonic.

Passion      Immersion       Rapport      Ask and Analyze     Transformation      Enthusiasm


Our ship has explored all six words together, but individually, what do the six words mean to you? Would you keep all the letters the same words above, or would you change any? Why would you change or keep the letters of the mnemonic PIRATE?


Use the attached worksheet and then upload your finished mnemonic to the NAAE Virtual Book Club. We can’t wait to see what PIRATE means to you!

It's time for Assignment #4 Pirates!

For completing this assignment, you will earn your Citrine Jewel!

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Mapping Out Your Destination

This week is a two-part activity and our first BONUS treasure!


Part I: Ask & Analyze

"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery,

          it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."



Agricultural educators are known for their hands on approach to lessons and are masters of their trade, but how long did it take for you to become a master? How do you retain a great idea that comes to you in the middle of the night while pulling calves, or watering the plants in the greenhouse on the weekend?


Be prepared to write a short post about what your system is to capture ideas. Since this week has two activities, please see the instructions for getting credit for assignment 4 below.


Part II: Transformation

           "When embarking on any journey, choosing the destination is a critical first step. With a destination in mind,

                        you can set your internal GPS and be assured you are heading in the correct direction."

                              -Dave Burgess


Refer to pages 57-60 in Teach like a Pirate, regarding "The World's Greatest GPS...Your Brain" and "Two Questions for Raising the Bar."


With those passages fresh in your mind, consider the Two Questions for Raising the Bar:

  1. If your students didn't have to be there, would you be teaching in an empty room?
  2. Do you have any lessons you could sell tickets for?


Now think about your classroom. What is your destination or goal for this course? Do you want to focus on making one unit stellar this year, or completely transform your classroom from the first day to the last day? Where do you want to be as a teacher?


Whatever your goal, it is time to map out your destination. Use the Mapping out Your Destination document to outline your journey- from your starting point to your personal "X marks the spot!" When you open the Mapping Out Your Destination document, you will notice it is blank. This is because only you know the route to get there. Use the attached instructions, "How to Create the Map to Your Destination," to aid in your mapping process.


TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR ASSIGNMENT 4: Upload a file to the NAAE Virtual Book Club. In the description, record your answer for Part I. The document to attach (Mapping Out Your Destination) will be Part II.




PosBronze Doubloon.pngt a picture or video of your ideas system to a social media account and use the hashtags #naaereads and #tlap to earn a Bronze Doubloon!


Post a picture of your map to a social media account and use the hashtags #naaereads and #tlap to earn a Bronze Doubloon.


If you post both, you will receive TWO Bronze Doubloons.

Hello crew,


Our first webinar will be on Thursday, June 18th at 1:30 PM Eastern Time. The webinar should last about an hour. It is preferred that you have completed Assignment 3: The First Three Days. If not, please try to take a look at the assignment and think about the questions asked.

We currently have two webinars scheduled during our course. You do have to register to attend the webinar beforehand. However, we were able to set it up that you only have to register once, with your name and email address, and the same information will be used for each webinar. You do not have to worry about misplacing the phone numbers and access codes as there will be a reminder email sent before each webinar.

Please use this link to register:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you cannot attend this call, please still register. If there is enough interest for a make-up call, we will schedule it after the first call is complete.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Katie and Alissa

It's time for Assignment #3 Pirates!

For completing this assignment, you will earn your Ruby Jewel!

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Your First Three Days

It is summer. Fairs, livestock shows, summer conferences, FFA activities, and family vacations fill the ag teacher's fantasy of "summer recharge" time. Oh, and don't forget, it is also your time to plan for the upcoming school year. We want to help you get a head start on next year's planning for the crucial First Three Days!


Preferably before our conference call on Thursday, please consider the following questions about your First Three Days:

        1. What do you currently do for your first three days of school?
        2. How can you transform your classroom in the first three days to maximize student engagement and build a strong learning communities?
        3. What do your three days look like?


            Considering the questions above, craft your first three days. Start a discussion to begin outlining YOUR first three days!

Good Afternoon Pirates!

Your second assignment is below.

For completing this assignment, you will earn your Amethyst Jewel Badge!

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Your Passion(s) for Being a Pirate

"We are not passionate about everything we teach. It's OK! Let the freedom wash over you. Now that the secret's out in the open, let's talk about it."

-Dave Burgess

Now that we know more about each of you, we want to know what your motivations are. Your Play-Doh introductions gave great insight to what you are passionate about personally and professionally. We now want to dig deeper and get a well-rounded look at where your passion stems from. Dave divides passion into three categories:

  1. Content
  2. Professional
  3. Personal

Over the next few days, we will be diving into these topics using the following prompting questions and your Passionate Pirate worksheet.

Content Passion:

Within your subject matter, what are you passionate about teaching? In other words, of all the topics and standards you teach as part of your curriculum, which are the ones you most enjoy?

Professional Passion:

Within your profession, but not specific to your subject matter, what are you passionate about? What is it about being an educator that drives you? What ignites a fire inside of you?

Personal Passion:

Completely outside of your profession, what are you passionate about?


Once you have answered your prompts in the Passionate Pirate Worksheet, follow these instructions to upload a document to the Book Club group.



Good Afternoon Pirates!

Welcome to the NAAE Virtual Book Club. Your first assignment is below.

For completing this assignment, you will earn your Sapphire Jewel Badge!

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Pirate 101

Before we set sail on the open seas, we must get to know who our shipmates are. During discussions and conference calls, we will be interacting with one another. Just as Dave Burgess spends the First Three Days of School creating a safe, fun environment, we want to do the same. This week, we will be focusing on the first day of school, and introducing ourselves.

Play-Doh Introduction Activity

  1. Using Play-Doh, create something that represents YOU. Use your imagination! What best describes you in the classroom, out of the classroom, or both?
  2. Once you have fashioned your masterpiece, please share it with everyone! Take a picture and explain your creation in the caption, OR take a 30 second video of yourself. There are several options to share:
    1. Post to Communities of Practice (Instructions)
    2. Share your video or picture via Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook using #naaereads and #tlap. (make sure you hashtag with these two or we won't be able to find it)

Katie and the NAAE interns have provided examples in each media platform for you. We look forward to getting to know each of you!