- If your students aren't engaged don't get mad at them. See it as feedback.
- It's okay to spend some time on activities that loosely tie into the curriculum yet promote creativity and fun in the classroom!
- Ask yourself the right questions about how to "hook" your students into a lesson.
- Pursue excellence as an educator. It is okay to want to be great at what you do!
- Don't let fear of failure, perfectionism, or fear of criticism hold you a back. Failure is a part of growth.
I know I have left out way too much. However, I believe every teacher -no matter the subject area or grade level -can benefit from this book. It may not all apply to you...or you may not agree with all parts of the book...but I think anyone who reads will find at least a few ideas for the next school year. I believe that each time you read a book or hear a speaker at a conference you can learn something. I am probably not going to wear costumes or redecorate my room for certain lessons...but I still have many other ideas knocking around in my head because of this book.
So...I will accept the challenge to go daringly into next year and try some things I have never done before - a "pirate's life for me!"