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Learn Like a PIRATE: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed

Narrated by: KELLY CROY
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Collaboration. Empowerment. Student leadership. These buzzwords get a lot of press, but what do they really mean for today's students? Can students really handle the responsibility of leading the class? Can they actually learn what they need to if they are working together so often? Won't all this freedom cause chaos in the classroom? Not if you're teaching them to learn like PIRATES!  

Peer collaboration builds community and supports teamwork and cooperation.
Improvement-focused learning challenges students to constantly strive to be their best.
Responsibility for daily tasks builds ownership in the classroom.
Active learning turns boring lessons into fun and memorable experiences.
Twenty-first century skills engage students now and prepare them for their futures.
Empowerment allows students to become confident risk-takers who make bold decisions.  

In Learn Like a PIRATE, teachers will discover practical strategies for creating a student-led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience. You'll learn strategies for:  

  • Crafting active, relevant, and interesting lessons  
  • Creating opportunities for student leadership  
  • Providing effective and beneficial feedback  
  • Instilling confidence so students can take risks  
  • Increasing curiosity and passion for learning  

Incorporate the techniques and strategies Paul Solarz uses in his student-led classroom and watch your students transform into confident, collaborative leaders. 

©2015 PAUL SOLARZ (P)2018 PAUL SOLARZ

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some good ideas, but..

Paul has some good ideas for the everyday classroom. This is an account of a Male American teacher who is applying his interpretation of 21st century lessons to his teaching. His ideas are flawed in so many ways, but are great in others. I really struggled to listen to it all, as it just went on and on and on. I could write all the ideas presented in a two page blog, easily. I won't recommend this book to anyone, but there are parts that were good. I simply dont understand what so many were raving about. There are far better roads in education. Dweck, Deci and Ryan, Tomlinson, just to name a few. the biggest critique I have is Paul's complete lack of research. His ideas are dangerous, loose and not well stated, at best. Yes..give students control...very little differentiation happening on his classroom and no account whatsoever for struggling, gifted or culturally diverse learners. His lack of knowledge on Bloom's ideas are an indictment on a poorly researched book. The people who do recommend this book obviously know little and havent read widely, especially on the topic of individualized and inclusive instruction.

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decent content, annoying reader

great ideas that will get you thinking, but lots of techniques seem limited to primary school level classrooms where they have the same class all day everyday and time to burn on the niceties. definitely gets you thinking in the right vein though.

sometimes it's confusing when the reader is reading a quote, instructions from the author, feedback from students/parents, or a question to the reader. poor narration by a voice that gets annoying fast and limits inflection. not ideal for a book meant to motivate and inspire teachers. I often tuned out in parts where he droned on, and didn't look forward to finishing the book like I usually do. (also his pronunciation of the word "idea/s" was infuriating haha). you could really tell when the reader was turning pages as there's audible gaps, only something minor but it all adds up to a poor listening experience.

maybe a book better bought and read physically? some good "ideas" in there for sure, but don't expect to come out with explicit tactics, activities or approaches.

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  • David Low
  • 19-08-2018

Informative book, but choppy, second-rate narrator

Thought I could multitask and get the information from the audiobook, but the narration was so distracting that I had to switch back to reading.

The narrator has no flow and seems often not able to judge the rhythm and cadence of the authors sentences. Often it reminded me of the syntax a young student learning to read affects - just choppily stringing together words with no comprehension.

Perhaps this is just personal annoyance, but if you think something like that might bug you during the 6 hours of listening, I would recommend just reading the book yourself.

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  • Theresa
  • 27-06-2018

Inspired

Loved the perspective of this inspirational educator. This is a must read for those wanting a student centered class. I'd love to see this concept adapted and applied in a secondary setting.

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  • Tami Ordonez
  • 28-09-2018

love the practical suggestions

I hope educators in all environments will read this book. Everyone can gain some valuable ideas about how to educate people for the 21st century.