Welcome back to another installment of our Explore Like a Pirate book study. This week, we're looking at chapter 3, which discusses the changes in the educational climate among schools and the benefits of embracing this new structure. (If you missed chapters 1 and 2, you can read them here and here.)
Matera begins the chapter by explaining how, as explorers, we must continually try new things and be open to techniques that work with today's students, not those of our great-grandparents generations. He outlines the "new way" of the teaching versus the "old way:"
We all know education is changing. I don't know about you, but I would much rather be part of creating a generation of students who are creative, independent, and know how to lead with confidence. Matera makes a statement many of us have been saying for years: "We are not teaching standards, we are teaching students." We teach students who love games and the thrill of discovery and creativity. We can no longer expect students to "sit and get" as generations before have done.
Gamifying your classroom can be as simple as adding a scavenger hunt into a lesson or playing a Jeopardy style review game, or it can be much more intricate. Whatever you choose to do, do it with your students' skills and interests in mind.