The Wild Card

7 steps to an Educator’s Creative Breakthrough

by Wade King , Hope King

Number of pages: 262

Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting

BBB Library: Education

ISBN: 978-1946444523

About the Authors

Wade King : Wade King serves as the director of curriculum and instruction at


Hope King : Hope King is an award-winning educator, blogger and compulsive crafter. She


Editorial Review

The Wild Card is your step-by-step guide to experiencing a creative breakthrough in your classroom with your students. Wade and Hope King show you how to draw on your authentic self—your past experiences, personality quirks, interests, hobbies, and strengths—to deliver your content creatively. Whether you are a high school teacher or a kindergarten teacher, the seven steps in The Wild Card will give you the knowledge and the confidence to bring creative teaching strategies into your classroom.

Book Reviews

Whether or not you consider yourself a ‘creative’ doesn’t make any difference as to whether or not you’ll find value in this book – Hope and Wade are there to help you along the way with strategies, tips, and even a toolkit to get your creativity stemming.

The Wild Cardhas an upbeat perspective and encourages teachers to support their colleagues and avoid comparison.

“These pages are full of real-life stories that will pull you in and challenge you to your core.” —Amy Lemons, educator and blogger

“Wade and Hope King challenge, equip, and emPOWER you to create lessons that bring light (not dread) to your students’ eyes.” —Jason David Frank, actor, Power Ranger, and eighth-degree black belt martial artist

“Hope and Wade provide powerful, proven, practical steps to discovering the creativity inside of us all.” —Kim Bearden, cofounder and executive director, Ron Clark Academy, author of LA Times bestselling Crash Course

Books on Related Topics

Wisdom to Share

No matter what subject or grade you teach, you can make your classroom a vibrant, creative space.

The dictionary defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, or relationships and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, etc. We believe that every teacher in the world has this ability – including you!

When teachers don’t have a strong WHY in the face of all new demands, their desire to be strong, effective educators starts to evaporate. We all need that power of purpose to keep us going strong.

When you accept where you’re right now, you open yourself up to creative growth.

You have to feel the strong sense of purpose and really let it consume you before you can create a learning experience your students will never forget.

Sometimes it’s best to set small goals and take baby steps, because when small efforts go well, those experiences strengthen the desire to improve.

A smile is a way of setting the vibe in your classroom and showing your interest in your students.

If you’re not selling your content as fun and exciting, your students are not buying it.

Your enthusiasm is contagious: students become excited about learning, the content whirls through their brains, and they remember the material because of the way you taught it.

Getting started on the creative path involves reflecting on the past.

If you cannot wow middle-schoolers with wonder, you can surprise them with the unexpected.

Worksheets don’t create memorable learning experiences or lifelong learners; instead, they are boring and lead to tuned-out kids who’d rather be doing anything else.