Standing out from the crowd is the only way to guarantee your message is received in a culture that is increasingly distracted and where attention spans are plummeting.
Thanks to Dave Burgess for this line and others in his book, Teach Like a PIRATE. Not only does standing out from the crowd make a teacher - a classroom - special and memorable, but it does, as Mr. Burgess explains, ensure that the lesson is delivered effectively. I have found this, over and over, to be true. In a world that is increasingly engrossed in electronic screens at every turn, the effective teacher will only reach his students by standing out. I know I write about this all the time, as if it is my mission in life, but if all I do as a teacher is read the script from a teacher edition, I can only expect to be as good as the teacher in the next room, the teacher across town, and any teacher reading the same script from the same textbook. Need to see more from Burgess?
Too many schools are filled with brown cow classes that blend into the background. I am relentlessly focused and immersed in the orchestrated effort to be the antithesis of the brown cow. I want entering my room to feel like entering another world.