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Navigating the High Seas

Posted by Katie Wood Jul 22, 2015

You have now left the port and are well on your way to starting your journey!

Assignment #9 


For completing this assignment, you will earn a Garnet!

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Navigating the High Seas


?...Because our culture lives by the philosophy that you either win it all or you are a failure, the team was trashed. Don?t buy into this B.S.! (It reminds me of when the Bills lost four Super Bowls in four years and were labeled by many as embarrassments and failures. Hello! To lose four consecutive Super Bowls, you have to go to four consecutive Super Bowls, which is an unbelievable accomplishment.)?

-Dave Burgess, page 155


You have the tools. We have talked about lessons, units, hooks and goals. You have decided who your crew is to man your ship. Now you have left the port. Now what? How do you keep the fears at bay to not turn around and head back to your previous teaching styles? What could potentially hold you back? What is your Kraken? Who is your Moby Dick?


Dave mentions the five most common reasons people turn back, or don?t even start:

  1. The fear of failure
  2. Believing you have to figure it all out before you begin
  3. Perfectionism
  4. Lack of focus
  5. Fear of criticism or ridicule


He also goes on to say, ?[that] the best way to overcome fear is to take action. The more action you take and the quicker you take it, the better.? Part of a pirate?s plan to get to the treasure is to be prepared for the potential obstacles along the way.


This week use the attached assignment to discuss what your potential obstacles could be, and how you and your crew will overcome them.


If you have not aleady read my earlier post today, please read Important Info for Wrapping Up TLAP!

Hey Crew!


Can you believe there are only two assignments left? Neither can we. Before I post assignment 9, I have some important announcements and some housekeeping to take care of.


1. THERE IS NO CONFERENCE CALL, this afternoon, July 22nd. This was a placeholder call, just in case it was needed.


2. If you have not registered using this link, you will not receive your professional development credit. If you can't remember if you registered at the link, please redo it. We would rather have two records than no record. Pre-service teachers, you also qualify for professional development credits. What a cool way to start teaching- with a bank of PD credits already!


3. The book club was also originally listed to offer six professional development credits. With your enthusiasm and amazing participation, we have decided to increase that to TEN credits. That essentially works out to 1 credit per assignment.


4. Several of you have asked for certain components from the book club, whether it is assignments, treasure tracker, and/or the map background. Since the official deadline of assignment 10 is July 31st, we will post a compiled PDF of assignments, and attachments of the Treasure Tracker, etc. for you to use by Monday, August 3rd. This gives everyone a chance to see assignment 10 and have some time to complete it.


5. With that, the last day to submit any and all assignments to receive PD credit is August 15th.


That's all I have for now! Get ready to Navigate the High Seas later today!

Who is Your Crew?

Posted by Katie Wood Jul 17, 2015

We are starting Part III and are on our way back to port. Here’s to Preparing to Set Sail on your own journey, on your own ship!

Assignment #8

For completing this assignment, you will earn an Emerald!

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Who is Your Crew?

“Having a diverse crew is in your best interest. Don’t be limited by your subject, grade level, school, or even profession. Take counsel from a wide variety of people and seek out multiple perspectives.”

-Dave Burgess, page 169


We are going to jump ahead a little bit to the chapter on “Finding a Crew.” Most, if not all of you already have a crew whether you subconsciously know it or not. Take the next few days to think about who your crew is currently. Then think about whom else do you want to include in your crew? Who rounds it out to give you different perspectives? Consider Administrators, Community members, NAAE Staff, Superintendent, other Teachers, etc.


Also take into account people on your crew, or people from other ships that may cause mutiny. Who are your naysayers; who causes “killaboration?” You may not necessarily want them on your crew, but as you start to navigate the high seas, it is good to know where they are located- to keep them on your radar. Having those that are naysayers can act as your devil’s advocate, and help in overcoming objections they have to your lesson, units, or your subject in general.


Use the attached slide to record who your crew is and/or who you want it to be, and why? What do they contribute to your crew? Record the naysayers on the second slide. Why are they considered naysayers, and how do you think you can continue to adjust the conversation with them to potentially create collaborators instead of killaborators? You can use specific names, or be more general, like “My administrators are awesome!”


PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: If you are not in the classroom, or about to be, who is your crew that you use in school? University professors, past ag teachers, etc.


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The Master of Hooks

Posted by Katie Wood Jul 14, 2015

Assignment #7

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The Master of Hooks


The majority of Part II is dedicated to presentational hooks- how to think of them, examples that Dave has used in his classroom. There are thirty-two different kinds of hooks in Teach Like a Pirate! If you can take a lesson plan and think of a hook for all 32 examples, you are an Extra Ultimate, Supreme Master of Hooks. However, just to think of two or three hooks per lesson plan gives you variety and is more than enough to be a Master of Hooks. It is the ability to go beyond the box. Step outside of it and walk away from the box. Be bold, and don’t be afraid to not choose the obvious answer as a hook.


Using the lesson that you worked on last week in The Third Circle, please write a more detailed summary of your lesson using the guiding questions in the assignment. Then try to come up with a hook for each of the seven areas of hooks:

      1. “I Like to Move It, Move It”
      2. Long Live the Arts
      3. What’s in it for Me?
      4. All the World is a Stage
      5. Stand and Deliver
      6. Advanced Tactics
      7. Around the Edges


For example, from the Advanced Tactics area, my hook may be The Techno Whiz Hook, and so on and so forth. If you would like to do more than seven, excellent! Keep in mind to not go with the obvious hook.


Please try to be as detailed as possible, as we would like to compile everyone’s responses in a booklet PDF for shared ideas. Please be sure to double check your spelling and grammar as well. If you would not like your lesson/hooks included in the book, there is a place to mark that. The PDF will be posted to Communities of Practice in the Virtual Book Club. It will not be advertised, nor posted elsewhere.

How to be Captain Hook

Posted by Katie Wood Jul 6, 2015

We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable 4th of July weekend! We apologize that this didn’t get posted on the 1st.

Please check out the Crew’s Summer Voyage for an updated schedule.


For completing this assignment, you will earn a Peridot gem!

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How to be Captain Hook

“‘Dang it! I wasn’t going to learn today. He tricked me. That man is sneaky!’ I live for that moment.”

-Dave Burgess, page 82


In the first chapter of Part II, Dave refers to a three circle teaching model. As agricultural educators, we are familiar with this in terms of the Instruction, SAE and FFA model.

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However, the Instruction circle can be broken down further into another three circle model: Content, Technique/Method, and Presentation. Dave argues that largely, professional development seminars and training materials are missing the Presentation component of the model. There is a lot of emphasis on content and the technique/methods that are being used to be taught. Where is the fun? The creativity?


This week, pick one of your lessons- a favorite, or one that you want to further develop. Using the attached Venn Diagram worksheet, fill in where components of your lesson currently fit in. Use a black font for this. Then creating more text boxes, and using a blue font, think of ideas of how to balance out all three areas. How do you create more Umph! to your presentation, while maintaining content?


Take a look at Katie and Alissa’s examples if you need some ideas to jump start. Your presentation doesn’t always have to be over the top, but it can still be entertaining enough to engage the audience.


Feel free to adjust the size of your circles, and add more slides if needed.


PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS: There are several ways to go about this assignment, even if you are not in the classroom yet. If you are student teaching the fall, think of a lesson that you will be teaching and work with that. Another option is to take a lesson plan that you have created in one of your college courses and refer to the feedback you received from your instructor. If you have not created a lesson plan yet, think of a lesson/topic that you want to teach to students, or refer to your favorite lesson that one of your teachers taught in high school.


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Bronze Doubloon for posting your Venn Diagram to social media!