@burgessdave), and not be fired up about teaching. With so many concrete examples of how to engage students, educators leave his sessions with a real game plan to bring a new level of passion to their teaching. He talked about storytelling, and demonstrated tactics like the 'taboo hook' and 'mystery bag' that he uses to build anticipation in his students. His book, Teach Like a Pirate, guides teachers through a creative process to build engaging lessons.
For those of us who hadn't gotten enough Burgess in the keynote, we had a second opportunity to experience him in his breakout session, "Teaching Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creativity." So how do you add creativity to your classroom? Be sure to ask the right questions ("How can I get my class outside of the 4 walls for this lesson?" instead of "Can I get my class outside of my 4 walls for this lesson?"). Have you heard of the wedding photographer principle? (Take lots of pictures and keep the good ones). Another idea is to come up with the 5 words that you want your kids to use to describe your class. Think about those words when you write your lesson and recalculate if necessary.
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@TiffRae2013) opened her session, Creating a Digital Toolbox, by warning attendees that she was about to overwhelm them with a bunch of stuff. And she wasn’t kidding. After covering ten tools that she described as rocking her teachers’ socks off, she literally led us through building a digital toolbox using Symbaloo. You can check out the toolbox she built for the session.
One of the tools in the toolbox was Vocaroo, which enables users can record their voice and share it as a link or QR code. Attendee Catherine Trinkle (@cattrinkle) shared how her ELL and SPED students benefit from the use of this and tools like EyeJot to give feedback on student writing. She shared how it allows students to hear their work read in a grammatically correct way with fluency. This empowers them to know that they can convey a message and gives them a means to make it accessible to others.