If you are interested in having a student-led classroom and/or trying to figure out what in the world that is, look no further than Paul Solarz’s Learn Like a Pirate. Paul will be having another book study over the summer, so be sure to order your book and join the #LearnLAP crew for some amazing conversations and PLN building.
I read Learn Like a Pirate for the first time over Spring Break 2015 after hearing so much about it on Twitter. Even though our vacation was shortened due to make up for earlier snow days, I sped through the pages and was ready to implement changes our first day back. The morning went well but when we returned to the room after lunch, our substitute administrator was waiting to observe the lesson. Although she was a retired principal, it was her first day at our school. Transitions were shaky because we were trying out “Give Me Fives” for the first time ever. Later, I decided to listen to the post-observation feedback without explaining the shift to a student-led classroom. Making the switch felt crazy enough and trying to put those feelings into words felt even crazier…not exactly the best pitch for the book but not a conversation I was ready to have at that time either.