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NAAE Virtual Book Club

10 Posts authored by: Alissa Smith

Welcome and thank you to those who have signed up for this summer's book club.  We are excited to get started and hope everyone was able to purchase the book.  

Our first assignment is to read Chapters 1-3.  We will post the discussion questions and activities on Monday of each week and we would like for you to complete the discussion questions as well as any activities for this first assignment by Friday, June 14th.  Please be on the look-out for the complete assignment timeline to be posted very soon.  

 

Happy Reading!!!

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!

Want a new way to experience professional development?  Join in on our NAAE Virtual Book Club as we read Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess this summer.  It is an easy way for you to personalize your professional development and engage with agricultural educators from across the U.S. while earning up to 5 hours of professional development credit or continuing education units (CEUs). 

 

Check out the NAAE Virtual Book Club for more information.  When you are ready to join us and set sail then officially register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club by clicking here.

 


To make our time together as a group more productive, I would encourage you to do the following if you haven't already:

1. Officially join the group NAAE Virtual Book Club

2. Under the "Contribute" section, hit "Receive Email Notifications"

3. In the top left hand corner, hit the green "Follow" button.

These items will allow you to stay on top of what is occurring in the group.

 

The first assignment will be posted on June 3rd.  Please have the chapters on Passion, Immersion, and Rapport (that should get you to page 32) read by June 3rd.


We are excited for a summer of reading and engagement!

Happy Reading!

We had a great summer reading, reflecting, and growing as teachers!  Thanks to all that participated in our first ever NAAE Virtual Book Club. 


For those that have participated throughout the summer, don't forget to complete the NAAE Personal Performance Plan and submit it to us by August 25, 2014 to receive up to 5 hours of professional development credit.  Even if you were unable to participate in every phone call, I would encourage you to complete it and send it in to get partial credit.  The plan is simple with three questions and should not take very long to complete.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  You should keep a copy of the plan so you can show your administration if they question the validity of your professional development credit. 

 

NAAE Personal Performance Plan

 

Please send completed plan to asmith.naae@uky.edu by August 25, 2014. 

All of the discussion we have had for the Book Club has been great!  We are so excited to be wrapping up the last three chapters and our final discussion. 

 

For our last group discussion, we plan to conduct another group conference call.  The call will be on Thursday, July 31st  at 2:00 pm EST.  You will need to register for the call in order to participate.  Here is the registration link.

Register For:Chapters 7 &; 8 and Final Wrap-Up | myaccount.maestroconference.com

 

Let's end our summer book club strong and have a great conference call! 


To finalize the book club and get your professional development credit, you will be responsible for submitting a Personal Performance Plan related to your reading and reflection of your teaching.  This will be due to NAAE by August 15th.  We will post the outline for the Personal Performance Plan next Monday, August 4th.  Once we receive your plan, we will issue your professional development credit.   

 


If you are unable to make the Thursday, July 31st call, we can plan to schedule another call but we will need 4-5 individuals that will be able to agree on a time and date for the next week.

 

Please let me know if you have any problem registering.  I look forward to our last group discussion!

We had a great turn out for the two conference calls to discuss chapters 3 & 4.  Thanks to all that participated. 

 

For Chapters 5 & 6, we are planning to conduct another group conference call for discussion of the chapters.  The call will be on Thursday, July 10th  at 2:00 pm EST.  You will need to register for the call in order to participate.  Here is the registration link. 

http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/N45Y6NNZO4RBY4KW​

 

During the call we will use a few questions to get us started but we really want the conversation to flow in a manner that will allow you to reflect on your own teaching and not be so scripted. 

 


If you are unable to make the Thursday, July 10th call, we can plan to schedule another call but we will need 4-5 individuals that will be able to agree on a time and date for the next week.

 

Please let me know if you have any problem registering.  I look forward to discussion and growing with you guys on the 10th!


Have a happy 4th of July!

For our next two chapters of the book, we are planning to conduct a group conference call for discussion of the chapters.  The call will be on Thursday, June 19th at 1:30 pm EST.  You will need to register for the call in order to participate.  Here is the registration link.  http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/HS3YRVJUMVSPCF9

 

During the call we will use a few questions to get us started but we really want the conversation to flow in a manner that will allow you to reflect on your own teaching and not be so scripted.  We will post questions to think about on Monday, June 16th that we will use to help guide our call. 

 

If you are unable to make the Thursday, June 19th call, we can plan to schedule another call but we will need 4-5 individuals that will be able to agree on a time and date for the next week of June 23rd-27th. 

 

Please let me know if you have any problem registering.  I look forward to discussion and growing with you guys on the 19th!

I hope everyone got to finish up the first two chapters of the book.  I think they were a great introduction to get us started.  For the first professional development interaction, we are going to do a post on NAAE Communities of Practice in the NAAE Virtual Book Club group. 

This will be a very simple post that requires you to reflect on your reading and your current and future teaching practices. 

 

So here is how it will work....

1. Read the two questions below

2. Reflect and then post your answer/reflection for the two questions by commenting on this post

3. Check back and read others reflections during the week

4. Please post your reflection/answers by Friday, June 6th

5. Begin reading Chapters 3 & 4 and preparing for the upcoming group discussions via conference call (more info regarding this coming later this week)

 

Reflection Questions:

 

  1. The authors explained that the discovery of the need for the 5 practices came as a result of the “perfect storm,” (pg 7) a series of accountability changes in the Texas school system. What type of  “perfect storm” has occurred to you or your school that has brought the need for change or improvement of the quality of classroom instruction to the surface? Explain.
  2. The author emphasizes the reason why the Fundamental 5 is so incredibly powerful is the synergy that is created when these practices are         executed, as a synchronized routine, at both high frequency and high quality (pg 12). At this point in the book, which of the fundamental 5 do you foresee being the most difficult to execute during every single lesson? Why?


Can't wait to read your responses!

Welcome to the NAAE Virtual Book Club!  We are excited for a summer of reading and engagement!

 

To make our time together as a group more productive, I would encourage you to do the following if you haven't already:

1. Officially join the group NAAE Virtual Book Club

2. Under the "Contribute" section, hit "Receive Email Notifications"

3. In the top left hand corner, hit the green "Follow" button.

These items will allow you to stay on top of what is occurring in the group. 

 

The first assignment will be posted on June 2nd.  Please have Chapter 1- Introduction and Chapter 2- Overview (that should get you to page 24) read by June 1st.

 

Happy Reading!