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Serious learning can be seriously FUN! For some, school feels like a chore: boring, monotonous, necessary. But what if school were fun - for you and your students? What would life be like if you felt excited about your lessons? Better yet, what if your students actually looked forward to your class every day? Yes! School can be simultaneously fun and educational. In fact, Serious learning can be seriously FUN! For some, school feels like a chore: boring, monotonous, necessary. But what if school were fun - for you and your students? What would life be like if you felt excited about your lessons? Better yet, what if your students actually looked forward to your class every day? Yes! School can be simultaneously fun and educational. In fact, as Quinn Rollins explains in Play Like a PIRATE, when your class is engaging and entertaining, students are more likely to remember what they've learned. Invite kids to use their imaginations and help them create meaningful connections with your content by making play part of the learning experience. Play Like a Pirate shows you how! You'll learn: Why bringing passion to the classroom works - even if it isn't related to your subject. Why action figures, Hot Wheels, LEGO, and other toys belong in your classroom. Why comic books and graphic novels aren't "just for fun" How to use or create games that make content memorable all year long. In addition to insights that will help you remember why you became an educator in the first place, Play Like a Pirate includes practical strategies and QR code links to resources and templates that make it easy to integrate fun into your curriculum. Regardless of the grade level you teach, you'll find inspiration and ideas that will help you engage your students in unforgettable ways.


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Serious learning can be seriously FUN! For some, school feels like a chore: boring, monotonous, necessary. But what if school were fun - for you and your students? What would life be like if you felt excited about your lessons? Better yet, what if your students actually looked forward to your class every day? Yes! School can be simultaneously fun and educational. In fact, Serious learning can be seriously FUN! For some, school feels like a chore: boring, monotonous, necessary. But what if school were fun - for you and your students? What would life be like if you felt excited about your lessons? Better yet, what if your students actually looked forward to your class every day? Yes! School can be simultaneously fun and educational. In fact, as Quinn Rollins explains in Play Like a PIRATE, when your class is engaging and entertaining, students are more likely to remember what they've learned. Invite kids to use their imaginations and help them create meaningful connections with your content by making play part of the learning experience. Play Like a Pirate shows you how! You'll learn: Why bringing passion to the classroom works - even if it isn't related to your subject. Why action figures, Hot Wheels, LEGO, and other toys belong in your classroom. Why comic books and graphic novels aren't "just for fun" How to use or create games that make content memorable all year long. In addition to insights that will help you remember why you became an educator in the first place, Play Like a Pirate includes practical strategies and QR code links to resources and templates that make it easy to integrate fun into your curriculum. Regardless of the grade level you teach, you'll find inspiration and ideas that will help you engage your students in unforgettable ways.

30 review for Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Rhodes

    The book of Quinn Rollins is a culmination of opportunities for my admiration. As a principal, my unparalleled appreciation for this teacher was equaled by that of his students. As a guest speaker on the topic of graphic novels and comics, my own college students reveled in his wit, vitality, and content. He engaged these students in vibrant, cognitive, and emotionally passionate discussions and debates. Play like a Pirate is a deep exploration of pedagogy and a review of eclectic content that c The book of Quinn Rollins is a culmination of opportunities for my admiration. As a principal, my unparalleled appreciation for this teacher was equaled by that of his students. As a guest speaker on the topic of graphic novels and comics, my own college students reveled in his wit, vitality, and content. He engaged these students in vibrant, cognitive, and emotionally passionate discussions and debates. Play like a Pirate is a deep exploration of pedagogy and a review of eclectic content that converges in a confluence of highly engaging and relevant instructional learning tasks. Versatile lesson plans are adaptable for all content areas. Quinn’s authenticity as a teacher and his intellect are evident in his acknowledgement of power of exemplars, reliance on research-based strategies—summary and graphic organizers elevated to creative and lofty levels—and rigorous content levels that tantalize and tickle students. The subtle demeanor, overt humor, and immeasurable talents demonstrated in the classroom are poured into a delightful and dopamine-inducing book. The contributions of Quinn Rollins to the minds and hearts of students, adults, and our profession are immeasurable.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jake Dietz

    I don't teach. I should start by saying that. I am not an educator, but I still really enjoyed this book. I found myself wishing that my teachers would have employed some of these techniques when I was I school, and I think my kids would love it if their teachers would do some of these things now. What really impressed me was the passion Quinn has for educating kids. We need more teachers with that kind of passion. If you are one of those teachers and you are unsure how to take your class to the I don't teach. I should start by saying that. I am not an educator, but I still really enjoyed this book. I found myself wishing that my teachers would have employed some of these techniques when I was I school, and I think my kids would love it if their teachers would do some of these things now. What really impressed me was the passion Quinn has for educating kids. We need more teachers with that kind of passion. If you are one of those teachers and you are unsure how to take your class to the next level, you need this book. It will give you permission to bring what you enjoy outside of class into class and permission to find new and creative ways to connect with your students. I also appreciated the list of graphic novels at the end. I have a daughter who won't read unless it is a graphic novel type book. This gave me some ideas for what she can read next. In fact, I had my local library site up while I was reading that section to put a bunch of them on hold. I would definitely recommend this book and hope this will encourage teachers to use some fun and games on their classes to connect with their students.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam Campbell su'a

    The strength of Play Like A Pirate as I see it, is that the ideas ring true. I found myself wishing that I had had a history teacher with Mr. Rollin’s passion, good sense, and ability to adapt instruction to be relevant to me. Mr. Rollins seems to have a rapport with students and teachers alike because of his Peter Pan-esque quality of never growing up—or rather never growing too old to remember how to have fun. The book itself is filled with fun, unique ways to use what teachers themselves love The strength of Play Like A Pirate as I see it, is that the ideas ring true. I found myself wishing that I had had a history teacher with Mr. Rollin’s passion, good sense, and ability to adapt instruction to be relevant to me. Mr. Rollins seems to have a rapport with students and teachers alike because of his Peter Pan-esque quality of never growing up—or rather never growing too old to remember how to have fun. The book itself is filled with fun, unique ways to use what teachers themselves love to engage students. Now we have the step-by-step instruction manual on how to make our classroom instruction fun, meaningful and memorable. This is a great read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    What a great read. I kept stopping to jot down new ideas for lesson plans! Rollins balances descriptions of teaching methods with fun facts about toys, comics, and games that kept me laughing throughout. The methods are transferable, too -- I teach Continuing Ed classes for adults, and I still found inspiration to use games and comics as appropriate springboards for learning. Highly recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Princess

    I savored this book. I read it mainly at school during starter time when all my students were assigned to read. I wanted them to see me reading it and I talked about it. I told them I had chosen this book because i wanted to be a better teacher. I told them about the class I took from the author during the summer because I am passionate about finding ways to make learning fun. I’ve had LEGO in my classroom for several years now but mainly used it as a reward activity and so I could take data on I savored this book. I read it mainly at school during starter time when all my students were assigned to read. I wanted them to see me reading it and I talked about it. I told them I had chosen this book because i wanted to be a better teacher. I told them about the class I took from the author during the summer because I am passionate about finding ways to make learning fun. I’ve had LEGO in my classroom for several years now but mainly used it as a reward activity and so I could take data on my students as they interacted in unstructured ways. I love that Quinn (I can call you that now, right?) provides so many ways to use resources like LEGO and play dough and games to engage students. I’ve managed to insert a few strategies so far with tremendous success. And since I have budget money that has to be spent I have a huge list of graphic novels to order. If you want to be a better teacher, if you are passionate about education and looking for new ways to connect with your students, read this book!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily Hunholz

    Fantastic read for any teacher. Rollins gives unique ideas that could be incorporated in any grade or subject area, and he provides ways for various disciplines to use the ideas. Rollins is a social studies teacher, but I, a middle school science teacher, got plenty out of it. He gives just enough to give me a push in the right sciency direction. It's all centered on Rollins's love of toys and games, which are inherently fun. Some of the ideas have kids making projects based on famous toys (i.e. Fantastic read for any teacher. Rollins gives unique ideas that could be incorporated in any grade or subject area, and he provides ways for various disciplines to use the ideas. Rollins is a social studies teacher, but I, a middle school science teacher, got plenty out of it. He gives just enough to give me a push in the right sciency direction. It's all centered on Rollins's love of toys and games, which are inherently fun. Some of the ideas have kids making projects based on famous toys (i.e. designing action figure cards to represent cell parts). Others have kids actually playing with toys to learn the content (i.e. legos to represent elements bonding to form molecules). I wish Rollins had put photo examples in his actual book, but he does provide QR codes to his website, which gives quite a few examples. I'd say it's a must-read for anyone wanting to up the engagement level in their classrooms.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather Stringham

    Engage with play This book.game !e some amazing ideas for how to use toys and games in the classroom. My teenage students are not adults yet, so they should have the opportunity to play as they learn.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ambre Lee

    What toys got you excited as a child? How would you bring those toys into relevant lesson plans in the classroom? If you think this is impossible then you definitely need to dip into some Rollins and he will have you reminiscing, laughing, and planning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stella Pollard

    I loved that this book offered examples for multiple content areas. I cannot wait to implement these ideas in my classroom. I know I will be referring back to this as a reference! I cannot believe I haven’t ever thought of some of these ideas!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    SO MANY AMAZING IDEAS!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    There are excellent activities and tools that any teacher can use. The focus on use versus philosophy was much appreciated.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    Cool ideas

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Bender

    Lots of good lesson Ideas that can be applied to elementary or secondary students.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danny Horn

    Quinn Rollins is one of those teachers who started out with a strong gut instinct for what would work in his classroom, and then spent years figuring out the theory and practice to back it up. Happily, he's written it all down, so that everyone else can benefit from his experience. Play Like a Pirate is the story of how he uses the goofy things that he loves to connect with students, and make them excited to learn. You can see Rollins' sincerity and enthusiasm on every page -- a clear explanation Quinn Rollins is one of those teachers who started out with a strong gut instinct for what would work in his classroom, and then spent years figuring out the theory and practice to back it up. Happily, he's written it all down, so that everyone else can benefit from his experience. Play Like a Pirate is the story of how he uses the goofy things that he loves to connect with students, and make them excited to learn. You can see Rollins' sincerity and enthusiasm on every page -- a clear explanation of the difference between graphic novels and comic books, hard-earned wisdom about the best ways to use LEGO in the classroom, and a thoughtful sidebar on how he evolved from the teacher with funny ties into the teacher with funny socks. It's warm and personal and really fun, and you should already be reading it right now.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Excellent book with something valuable for all educators, no matter the subject or level taught. Templates, student examples, and suggested resources are also included. I have always heard that if you can walk away with at least one thing to use in the classroom the next week, you're golden. Well I walked away with at least four tangibles I will incorporate into my teaching this fall. God bless Dave Burgess and his mighty band of Pirates! Quinn Rollins is also funny and entertaining. #tlap

  16. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Great ideas for how to incorporate play and fun into your classroom on a daily basis. There are ideas and examples of small scale and large scale activities/projects in here. Although Rollins is a middle school history teacher, he provides plenty of possibilities for teachers of all ages and disciplines.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David L.

    All though I had some great teachers along the way I wish that this book had been there to make them even greater! Excellent ideas are presented of incorporating movies, comic books, toys, etc into your lesson plans. If you are a teacher you better spend your summer reading this and incorporating it into next years' lesson plans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Great ideas for teachers and anyone who works with kids. Geared toward middle school, but easily adaptable!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Love the idea of bringing fun back into the classroom. Going to work on lessons involving legos and my Mr. Potato Heads now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Barry

  21. 4 out of 5

    Richard Krafty

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erica Castillo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex Peck

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heather Green

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mara Elizabeth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Wright

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scout Finch

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schmittou

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