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Few teachers get the recognition that Rafe Esquith has received during his extraordinary career, but in this case, it is so richly deserved. In a recent poll, over 60 percent of Americans said our country is headed in the "wrong direction." As I read this book, I wondered if it was really true, or if we just aren't prepared for the direction that we are headed in. Educator or not, Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire inspires, amuses, and renews your faith in humankind.
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From one of America's most celebrated educators, an inspiring guide to transforming every child's education.

In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation immigrants who live in poverty and speak English as a second language. They also play Vivaldi, perform Shakespeare, score in the top 1 percent on standardized tests, and go on to attend Ivy League universities. Rafe Esquith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments.

From the man whom The New York Times calls "a genius and a saint" comes a revelatory program for educating today's youth. In Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire, Rafe Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time. The two mottoes in Esquith's classroom are "Be Nice, Work Hard," and "There Are No Shortcuts." His students voluntarily come to school at 6:30 in the morning and work until 5:00 in the afternoon. They learn to handle money responsibly, tackle algebra, and travel the country to study history. They pair Hamlet with rock and roll, and read the American classics. Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire is a brilliant and inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation's children.

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"Passionate and inspiring....With anecdotes that are alternately amusing and disheartening, Esquith details the joys and frustrations of teaching and offers valuable insights to parents and teachers alike." Booklist

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"Esquith is a modern-day Thoreau, preaching the value of good work, honest self-reflection and the courage to go one's own way." Newsday

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"Rafe Esquith is my only hero." Sir Ian McKellan

Synopsis:

Wisdom to reenergize teachers of all ages and at all stages, from the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

If Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers feeds the teacher’s soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world’s hardest profession.

After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it’s encouragement to see through a teacher’s difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.

Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.

Synopsis:

Wisdom to reenergize teachers of all ages and at all stages, from the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

If Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers feeds the teacher’s soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world’s hardest profession.

After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it’s encouragement to see through a teacher’s difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.

Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.

About the Author

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary in Los Angeles for twenty-two years. He is the only teacher to be awarded the president's National Medal of the Arts.

Table of Contents

Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire Prologue: Fire in the Classroom

Part One: There's No Place Like Home

One: Gimme Some Truth

Two: Searching for Level VI

Part Two: The Method

Three: Reading for Life

Four: Writing

Five: Add It Up

Six: We Won't Get Fooled Again

Seven: What a Wonderful World

Eight: Rocket Man

Nine: Art Lover

Ten: Put Me In, Coach

Eleven: Taxman

Part Three: The Madness

Twelve: Think for Yourself

Thirteen: Celluloid Heroes

Fourteen: Goin' Mobile

Fifteen: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)

Sixteen: Do They Know It's Christmas?

Seventeen: Will Power

Epilogue: Rest in Peace

Acknowledgments

Appendixes

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During the winter term, I recommended this book to several of my writing students at my local community college. They agreed that Esquith is an inspiration and has written a facinating book. I admire the way in which he has used the anger he feels about the injustices of our world to make the lives of his students better. He is a fine example for teachers of any age or grade level.
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Newbeeineducation, December 21, 2007 (view all comments by Newbeeineducation)
Mr. Esquith does a resounding job of knowing how to scaffold the learning of all children, and he kindly passes it along! This is a MUST read for any teacher who cares about building a classroom environment full of guided successes and a spring board enabling students to participate in the world around them!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112860
Author:
Esquith, Rafe
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Classroom Planning
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Education -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Ethics -- Study and teaching.
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos and illustrations throughout
Pages:
256
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8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Few teachers get the recognition that Rafe Esquith has received during his extraordinary career, but in this case, it is so richly deserved. In a recent poll, over 60 percent of Americans said our country is headed in the "wrong direction." As I read this book, I wondered if it was really true, or if we just aren't prepared for the direction that we are headed in. Educator or not, Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire inspires, amuses, and renews your faith in humankind.

"Review" by , "Passionate and inspiring....With anecdotes that are alternately amusing and disheartening, Esquith details the joys and frustrations of teaching and offers valuable insights to parents and teachers alike."
"Review" by , "Esquith is a modern-day Thoreau, preaching the value of good work, honest self-reflection and the courage to go one's own way."
"Review" by , "Rafe Esquith is my only hero."
"Synopsis" by ,
Wisdom to reenergize teachers of all ages and at all stages, from the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

If Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers feeds the teacher’s soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world’s hardest profession.

After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it’s encouragement to see through a teacher’s difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.

Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.

"Synopsis" by ,
Wisdom to reenergize teachers of all ages and at all stages, from the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire

If Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers feeds the teacher’s soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world’s hardest profession.

After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it’s encouragement to see through a teacher’s difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.

Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.

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