Three and half years ago I bought a book which changed the way I thought about teaching – and as a result about Learning. It’s a book that whenever I come back to I learn something new, and one that this year as I once again up my teaching hours in January that I will really be able to embrace.
‘Learn Like A Pirate’ is a book that whenever I pick up I can’t put down, and one which despite its meaty size I always get through in 24 hours.
I read a lot of teaching books, and probably even more autism books – after all if we don’t learn new skills and get new ideas, it’s easy to get stale, to miss out on new developments in Education and therefore to miss out on new ways of enabling my students to learn.
So Why Do I Love ‘Learn Like A Pirate?’
The book gives a series of amazingly practical doable strategies for handing more control in the classroom to the students. Yes, I know it sounds a bit mad, but trust me, read it. You will be hooked.
It isn’t autism book, it’s written by a mainstream elementary school teacher in America, and yet the strategies and goals within it are particularly suited to those on the Spectrum – and more specifically those with Pathological Demand Avoidance.
In short, it’s a way of teaching that is fully inclusive, engaging and the focuses on effort and learning rather than grades.
It is a book that will help all teachers take differentiation to the next level. It is a book that recognises students’ differences and celebrates them. It is a book which promotes empathy, compassion and respect for each other. It’s a book that quite simply every teacher should read.
What Isn’t ‘Learn Like A Pirate’?
It isn’t a book full of woolly concepts and no substance. Instead it’s a flexible action plan, that makes you believe both you and your students can do it.
Who Would I Recommend It To?
Whether you are an experienced teacher, an NQT, or a parent who is home educating their child, this book is well worth a read. The author states that the concept as a who,e works well with children from year three upwards, but that elements of it can be introduced from a much younger age – which gives me food for thought at home as well as at school.
If you’re feeling in need of some inspiration this half term, you won’t go far wrong with this fantastic book. Why not let me know what you think, and let me know your favourite Education books too… I’m always up for learning more.