Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

The Pedagogy of a Rural Educator

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Teach Like A Pirate-Meeting My Teaching Idol

This week, Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate, will be visiting my Alma Mater. I am beyond excited! I will definitely be tweeting throughout the conference, as well as writing a post about the event. The following article is from SDSU, written about how I became interested in TLAP, and the details of Dave’s visit this week. Enjoy!


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10 Things That Are Probably True If You Went To A Rural School

1. You can still remember the exact number of people you graduated with, and probably their names.
2. You had the same english/history/science teacher for all 4 years of high school (and maybe part of middle school).
3. It is hard to catergorize yourself into a typical high school stereotype, since you were in sports, music,  clubs, and drama (just like most of the school).
4. You were related to at least one of your teachers.
5. Before you dated someone, you made sure you weren’t related.
6. The biggest event in your school was the last time your basketball or football team made it to state (even if it was 15 years ago).
7. You were called by an older sibling or relative’s name.
8. You were pretty good friends with people from your “rival” school.
9. You went to prom for 3-4 years, at multiple schools in your region.
10. If you walked into your old school today, many students and most teachers would know who you were, who you married, where you work, and how many kids you have.

This was just a fun list I decided to share to show the differences between going to a urban school and a rural school. I think its important that we realize these differences when we discuss pedagogy, so that we make choices that sre best for our students!