Teach Like a Pirate Chapter 15: Around the Edges

We're nearing the end of this awesome book and just like previous chapters I'm wishing I could spend time in Dave Burgess's classroom. I can just envision how engaged his students are and I know that he is one teacher his students will never forget!

Chapter 15 has some hooks that I'm really excited to incorporate. He has several hooks in The Contest Hooks that I think all grade levels would enjoy. I love the idea of an in-class challenge too. I think when we do snowman math races with addition wheels that qualifies. It creates a great sense of team and unity too.

I'll admit that the Magic and Amazing Hooks are really stumping me. I'm going to have to see what other bloggers are thinking about and maybe I'll be able to come up with some good ideas!

The Mnemonic Hooks  section was my favorite! I made it through chemistry and a math test or two using mnemonic devices and they are so much fun to think of! Even in first grade students love to come up with a mnemonic device. Example: Never Eat Smelly Waffles was one my kids came up with for remembering cardinal directions. I also LOVE the idea of doing a presentation using a mnemonic device the way Dave Burgess has with PIRATE.

Extra Credit Hooks
What intriguing mission can I send students on to allow them to extend their learning in a unique way?
I love this hook! I really should put a challenge out there more often because you always have a couple of students that can't wait to go home and research something. Yes, even in first grade. First graders are a really curious bunch and they are eager to learn everything they can.

My Texas pal Lindsay, from My Life as a Third Grade Teacher, is hosting this chapter. Go check her out!! 

My Life as a 3rd Grade Teacher


  1. I agree, it would be amazing to see Dave Burgess in action. I like to think we have a little Burgess magic now that we are almost finished with the book:)

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    1. You absolutely do!! I would love to have you all see a live PD program sometime and get a chance to meet everybody!!!