Explore Like a Pirate: Chapter 4

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Hi everyone!

Today we are continuing to read “Explore Like a Pirate”, by Michael Matera. Thanks to Rachael at Sweet Sweet Primary for putting this book linky together for us.

Today we explore chapter 4: Ahoy Mate! A New Language of Learning.

How many times have you heard…Is this being graded? Does this count as a grade? I know I can’t be the only one! My second graders are always asking me those questions. According to Michael Matera, “Layering the game over my entire course encouraged collaboration and offered a ton of self-exploration. Learning was no longer about earning a grade; it was about discovery and growth.”

There are 10 words used to define and drive Purpose-Driven Learning.
Those 10 words are; confidence, creativity, enthusiasm, focus, resilience, initiative, curiosity, dependability, and empathy.

By using these 10 words repeatedly throughout class, comments, and report cards students understand the words and use them to describe their own learning.

Confidence
When students explore, they become more confident and become risk takers. Once a child is confident, they know how to begin and are willing to begin a task without asking, “But how do I start?”

Creativity
It is important to assign open ended questions so that students can be creative in their answers.

Enthusiasm
As educators, it is our job to create work that the students can be enthusiastic about. We also need to remind students that they need to be enthusiastic about all task, challenging or not.

Effort
Students need to be taught to also put forth 100% effort. Not only effort important in the classroom, but in all areas of life.

Focus
Focusing is extremely important. We all have trouble focusing at one time or another. Students need to be reminded to focus on the task at hand and to control his or her thoughts.

Resilience
It is o.k. to fail. We want to teach our students that we not only learn from our successes, but also from our failures. When we do fail, we have to keep on going and not give up. According to Michael Matera, once students know it is ok to fail and they are not being graded on the first or second attempt, their confidence grows and they learn the material or concepts. Resilience is about adapting and overcoming challenges, not just perseverance.

Initiative
Michael Matera talks about how by using games in the classroom, students develop the habit of initiative. They become better problem solvers and overcome obstacles and challenges.

Curiosity
The more curious our students are, the more they want to learn. The more they want to learn, the more passionate they become. The more passionate the students are, the better they learn the concepts or material.

Dependability
Students learn to depend on others and that others depend on them. Students come to class better prepared because they know that their teammates are counting on them.
This helps to promote a sense of community.

Empathy
We need to establish a safe environment where students can take risks. Students need to be taught how to listen to others and how to answer other’s questions. We need to set rules to develop respect of each other and each other’s opinions.

I can’t wait to share chapter 5 with you!

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi,

Rachel

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