I follow Dave Burgess on twitter because he's always finding ways to make connections with students, teachers, staff, and peers. The guy is amazing, and can show you exactly how to make a positive impact in your teaching! It all goes back to building those relationships in the first couple weeks, and continuing to grow those relationshps over the course of the school year. Check out his "must have for all educators" book: "Teach Like A Pirate". Be prepared to be inspired, and start creating your own awesome adventure!
"At some point in your career you have to decide if you care more about teaching to tests or teaching to kids. …I teach kids." #wcetlap— Dave Burgess (@burgessdave) November 3, 2014
About Dave Burgess from his website: http://www.daveburgess.com/new/about/
Dave Burgess is a highly sought after professional development speaker well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. His workshops, seminars, and keynotes not only motivate and inspire teachers, but also help them to develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. He is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like A PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator.
Besides providing professional development trainings and keynote speeches to many districts, schools, and organizations across the nation, Dave is also a popular presenter at many national and state conferences including:
- ASCD Annual Conference
- NCSS Annual Conference
- Learning Forward Annual Conference
- CCSS (CA Council of Soc. Stud.) Annual Conference
- TX Social Studies Supervisors Association (TSSSA) Conference
- California League of Schools (CLS) State Conference
Dave is also a U.S. History teacher at West Hills High School in San Diego and a semi-professional magician specializing in stand-up comedy magic. He was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple recipient in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills. He has been voted a faculty standout for seventeen consecutive years in categories such as: Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.