How 6 Centimeters Changed Everything

Moving from Pseudo-Teaching to Cultivator of Curiosity

For 10 years, Ramsey Musallam was a highly popular and entertaining science teacher…but were his students actually learning and understanding the science or just enjoying watching him blow stuff up???

It took a life-threatening 6 centimeter aneurysm at the base of his aorta (along with some profound lessons from his surgeon) for Ramsey to have a total and complete paradigm shift about education and for him to ultimately completely transform his class. His 6 minute TED Talk (embedded below) has been viewed almost 2.5 million times and has captivated teachers with its profound message.

We are incredibly honored to announce the release of his book, Spark Learning: 3 Keys to Embracing the
Power of Curiosity
, which greatly expands on his TED Talk message and shows teachers exactly how they can “be the surgeons of their classrooms” and cultivate curiosity in their students.

Spark Learning will not only challenge your thinking and force you to reconsider long-held beliefs about teaching, it is completely practical and filled with ideas you can use to design powerful lessons. Ramsey doesn’t just show you how these concepts work in his science class, he teaches you how to fish and find these ideas on your own, as well. I would be hard-pressed to believe there is a teacher who wouldn’t finish this book without a whole notepad filled with ways to implement his 3 core rules in all that they do no matter what the subject is that they teach.

In creativity workshops, I always emphasize the need to create a capture system for your new ideas. Ramsey shows you awesome tools you can use to do just that! I also love his insistence that the world around us is literally filled with amazing artifacts that we can modify to captivate kids. This matches the #tlap philosophy of always asking, “How can I use that?” and I think this element of his book that will strongly resonate with Pirate Nation.

After an in-depth exploration of the 3 keys for embracing curiosity, Ramsey has added a 10 Bonus Strategies section that will get your creative juices flowing and be a springboard for you to design even more outrageously powerful lessons. Let’s be serious, if Ramsey can make such powerful points in a 6 minute presentation at TED…just think what he can do in a full book. This is one you need to add to your professional development library…kids will be reaping the benefits as you learn to craft lessons that magnetically draw them in. As Ramsey says it, “Student questions are the seeds of real learning.” Curiosity may have killed the cat…but it captivated the class.

Pick up Spark Learning at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble. Discuss the book at #Spark3 on Twitter.

And enjoy the TED Talk!




The Todd Nesloney TEDx Talk

3 Things Kids Deserve

Super proud to share with you that #KidsDeserveIt co-author, Todd Nesloney, has delivered a powerful TEDx talk that I would love for you to watch. I have embedded the video below and it is well worth your time…you may want to get some Kleenex for the last few minutes.

I love his message about community outreach. Missionaries don’t sit and hope people will come to them
…they go out to the people! There is a reason it is called OUTreach!!!

I have been inspired by the work that Todd and Adam Welcome have done to create, build, and support the #KidsDeserveIt community. It is filled with powerful, passionate, purposeful educators who want to do right by students from all walks of life.

If you haven’t read Kids Deserve It: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking… What are
you waiting for??? It is a fantastic and motivational message!

Enjoy Todd’s TEDx talk below!

The StartEDup Podcast

Unique Perspectives on Education from Innovators Outside Our Field

An interesting fact you may not have noticed about Teach Like a PIRATE…there is not one single other educational book referenced in the entire thing. That’s not because I don’t like other educational books! In fact, I publish them and read them all the time! It’s because the #tlap philosophy was drawn from the outside in. It is a way of looking at the world and saying, “”How can I use that?”

I encourage you to read, listen,…and live WIDE! We can gain unbelievably powerful and useful insights from people in fields outside of what we typically consider “education.” Too many educators have tunnel vision and miss out on the opportunities that are available from connecting with and learning from successful people in diverse fields. We want to be students of excellence and greatness in ALL areas and then apply the insights to what we do in our systems.

That’s why I’m so impressed with the new podcast, StartEDup, with Pure Genius author, Don Wettrick and his former student, Hunter Stone. First of all, how cool is that? A teacher joining forces with his former Innovations class student to create something unique and impactful. Secondly, the caliber of guests that they have attracted to the show is UNBELIEVABLE! And not just the usual guests you are used to hearing making the educational podcast rounds (hey…not that some of the aren’t good, too! *cough *cough). People like SETH GODIN! What? One of my heroes!

All of the episodes are FREE! I listen to podcasts when I exercise, when I clean and do household chores, when I drive, all of those times around the edges of my life when I can easily do something extra to learn and get better. Go to iTunes or SoundCloud and download at least ONE episode today. While you’re there, hit the subscribe button and get the episodes as they are released. I know you will be fascinated by his guests and gain by having access to a different perspective.

Here is my deal. I really want you to go TODAY and listen to one. One of my favorites is Episode 32 with Seth Godin, by the way. Go and download ANY episode and leave a review on iTunes. The first 5 to do that and then leave a comment below will win ANY TWO of our books. All DBC Inc. titles can be found here.

Look at these upcoming guests!!



PS: You don’t have Don’s book??? Don has created one of the most amazing classes I have ever seen. He runs an Innovations class that teaches real world lessons in entrepreneurship and innovation. His students will BLOW you away with what they do. His book Pure Genius tells the story behind building the class and offers insights on how to take ideas like Genius Hour and put them on steroids!