PIrate Teaching: The Awkward Question...

I can't tell you how many times my non-teacher friends ask me things like, "Why do you go to school on the weekend?" or "It's summer. Why are you reading THAT book?" Honestly??
Because I want to be all that I can be! I want to be a super teacher! I want to be GREAT! 

The question is: Do You Want to Be GREAT? Dave Burgess hits it on the head in Teach Like a Pirate. That's a really awkward question. Do YOU...want to be...GREAT???

Hard question to answer, isn't it?

What he's asking is "Do you want to be a great teacher?"

Does that question make you uncomfortable?
Are the people around you rolling eyes and mumbling under their breath?
Or, do you just think it's selfish to want greatness? 

Maybe you don't want to be the overachiever teacher, the one who stays past the bell?
Maybe there's too much peer pressure dragging you back to the pit of negativity?
So...you settle for mediocrity.

Well, Dave tells us in Pirate how mediocrity leads to nothing.
And, if you are leading a group of children, it doesn't motivate, either.

Why would we want to do that to our students? 

If we aren't giving our kiddos all we have, all day long,
then we aren't "doing our part to shape the minds of future generations"
and ultimately, change the world!

Y'all, we've been given a gift!
Teaching is a GIFT!
It's also a calling.
It's a huge responsibility.
One I don't take lightly. 

If you were an attorney, wouldn't you want to be the best one in town?

If you were an author, wouldn't you want to be a best seller?

I would! 

Then why wouldn't you want to be a Super Hero Teacher?

It's okay to aspire to greatness, especially when that greatness leads children to the love of language and words and books and... I could go on!

Dave uses the story of The Little Drummer Boy as a perfect example of using our gifts.
This small child had nothing of material worth to give his king.
So he played his drum with all his heart.
He used his gifts and shared his greatness.

Dave Burgess tells us to "Play our drum for all its worth!" Get your sticks ready, my friends!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Barb! I felt like a cheerleader when I was writing this post, but mean every word! Such a great read!

  2. Hi Laura!
    Thanks so much for your amazing post! I really appreciate your focus on the awkward question...so strangely hard for teachers to answer. Thanks for your commitment to be great and for helping to spread the word about the need for all of us to take that challenge on. To this day...nothing even comes close for me to the The Little Drummer Boy as far as a favorite holiday song. It still move me!!

    1. Thanks so much for your reply, Dave! This was such a great read, and I agree with you! Nothing is quite as moving as The Little Drummer Boy!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Laura,
    Want a wonderful way to talk about teaching-I really needed to hear those words-Dave Burgess' thoughts are motivating-exactly what we need to hear as we begin to get ready for new year. Thanks for your thoughts on this chapter-you help me to see that being the best teacher I can be is a gift I give my students. It doesn't have anything to do with the other teachers I work with-Well said!
    Mary M.

    1. Thanks so much, Mary! Dave is incredibly motivating! This book is a must-read for teachers! And, you are right! Teaching is a very personal gift!! I wish you one incredible year!!