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It’s time for Adventure #4 Pirates!

For completing this assignment, you will earn your Bronze Doubloon!



Mapping Out Your Destination

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?




“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?


Record your reflections in a comment on this post, below.

Sarah Warren

Your First Three Days

Posted by Sarah Warren Jul 27, 2020

It’s time for Adventure #3 Pirates!

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



Your First Three Days


It is finally summer! Typically, fairs, livestock shows, summer conferences, FFA activities, and family vacations fill the ag teacher’s calendar of “summer recharge” time. Oh, and don’t forget, it is also your time to plan for the upcoming school year. COVID-19 is the gift that keeps on giving, however, and you might be in an extremely uncertain place right now as you look ahead to whatever your school district has planned for this fall. Though we don't have all the answers for you, we want to help you get a head start on next year’s planning for the crucial First Three Days! It might be overwhelming right now to plan for the entire year, so let's just start at the very beginning. 


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 community, especially in light of current world events?


3. What do your ideal three days look like?


Considering the questions above, craft your first three days. Add a comment below to begin outlining YOUR first three days. This is the perfect opportunity for Ag Teachers - I mean, Pirates - all across the country to brainstorm together. Don't be afraid to ask questions, give suggestions, and above all encourage one another! We will get through this together, crew.

And don't forget....

Sarah Warren

Passionate Pirate

Posted by Sarah Warren Jul 22, 2020

Good Morning Pirates!

Your second adventure is below.

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



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 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?


2. 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?


3. Personal Passion:

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


Please comment below to respond to these questions! At the bottom of this post there should be an "Add Comment" button. If you do not see this button, please email Sarah. Be sure to read your crew members' responses as well - you never know, you just might make a new friend who shares the same passions as you! Don't be afraid to hit that "like" button or reply to someone else's response as well. 

Sarah Warren

Pirate 101

Posted by Sarah Warren Jul 15, 2020

Ahoy, Pirates!

Welcome to the NAAE Virtual Book Club. Your first adventure is below. For completing this assignment, you will earn your Sapphire Jewel Badge!


Pirate 101

Before we set sail on the open seas, we must get to know who our shipmates are. 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

Using Play-Doh, create something that represents YOU. Use your imagination! What best describes you in the classroom, out of the classroom, or both?



If you don't have any playdoh handy, there are several DIY recipes online! Here is a good video to walk you through that process: How to Make Playdoh


Once you have fashioned your masterpiece, please share it with everyone! Take a picture and explain your creation in the caption, OR take a video of yourself introducing it. Post your introduction to this Communities of Practice group, in the 2020 Teach Like a Pirate Folder. If you need some help, see this example: Uploading and Categorizing Files.docx


NAAE Staff and Interns have provided examples for you: NAAE Staff Playdoh Introductions.docx. We look forward to getting to know each of you!