On September 10th, as I perused the twitter chat schedule I noticed a chat that had been mentioned in class: #tlap standing for Teach Like a Pirate.
I didn’t have the faintest clue what to expect but it sounded cool and I figured it was worth a try.
I joined the chat a few minutes after it had started and Dave Burgess, the author of Teach Like a Pirate was posing the night’s questions to the group. The questions were a mock fight where doubt is throwing a barrage of punches such as Fear of Failure, Perfectionism, Fear of Criticism, etc. As Dave posed the questions, participants gave their answers.
I was doubtful I had anything to add to the chat (spoiler alert, I didn’t respond, but I did take some notes, both physical and mental) but it was awesome to see other teachers and the way they deal with doubt on a daily basis.
I didn’t see any links that were especially helpful but I did follow an individual @ccormier_edu and she has a neat blog called Brave Pedagogy. She has many posts revolving around dealing with fear and doubt.
I also followed Dave Burgess @burgessdave (obviously) since he seems to have a unique outlook on teaching and is really excited and willing to share his ideas and methods. I also followed @TanaRaiyne and looked around her website live in the why.
I fully plan to participate and not just observe in my next twitter chat, now that I know whats going on. I also plan on checking in on #tlap from time to time and maybe buying the book for my wife.