1516 Book Study

The Motivated Pirate!

A Parallel Book Study

Kick Off Activity

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Essential Questions

  • How will I (and my students) benefit from this study?
  • How many new and different ways can I learn to engage my students?
  • How does a positive relationship benefit my classroom?
  • Is inappropriate behavior understandable? definable? beatable?
  • How do I navigate around the road-blocks preventing my success?
  • What technologies can I explore to make my teaching life easier?
  • What are the limits in the world of collaboration?

What you will experience

  • Great discussion
  • Fascinating insights
  • New media

For Session #2: Getting Started

TMS: Eliminate Fear from the Classroom, Minimize Your Use of Coercion, Eliminate External Rewards.


TLAP: Passion, Immersion, and Rapport

Rules of our Book Study

  1. This book study is VOLUNTARY and it will be fun and challenging.
  2. There will be lots of discussion. You should take part in all discussions (F2F, online, etc.)
  3. Your grandmother or Sunday school teacher probably said, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!" Let's not be disrespectful to one another. This should be a safe forum for everyone to express their opinions and questions without judgement.
  4. You will experience things that are new and probably frustrating. You are challenged to remain in a constant state of disequilibrium. You will discover new and exciting ideas; you will be enlightened about new classroom ideas and strategies--EMBRACE THEM!
  5. You must have FUN!

Assignments for Session 2

  1. Read TMS to page 24.
  2. Read TLAP to page 32.
  3. If you have a Google account and can see Google Docs, go to Step 5.
  4. If you don't have a Google account, can't see Google Docs, or don't know what I'm taking about, click here.
  5. Download the Getting Started With Twitter page (This is a Google Doc. You may need to get your own Google Account to see this doc. Ask Mr. Beydler if you have trouble).
  6. Follow the instructions and sign up for a Twitter account (if you don't already have one).
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