Because there really are some fun games and effective procedures to be found here. I bought it as a textbook for my creativity class and really enjoyed reading it. High school and middle school teachers will find less of interest here. The bottom line though is that Esquith's methods are his own. Although his medical record stated eighty years as his chronological age, his biological age seemed closer to sixty years, according to his laboratory tests and fit, muscular appearance.
I think this book tries to imply that his actual content and techniques are impressive, but so far they don't seem to be. They also play Vivaldi, perform unabridged plays by Shakespeare, and go on to attend the finest universities in the country. Rafe Esquith is the teacher who helps them achieve these accomplishments. I feel that any teacher can add these ideas to their own classroom. But--and this is very important--this is yet another book which describes a teacher as a saint, with sanctified kids, who sacrifices his entire life for his students. I was told repeatedly before I began that I would love the kids and that they would work very hard for me.
But rather than feel put down by this fact, why not feel inspired? Hail Rafe, full of grace. That is not a brand of student I am familiar with. Yes, I enjoy working with kids. The reason I bought this book was because as a teacher, I'm always looking for different ways to grab my students attention. Every year he takes the class on several trips to places such as Washington D. It has a lot of great new ideas and teaching strategies as well as just tips and tricks for classroom management. It covers many different subjects within the classroom setting.
I was completely turned off by the supposedly humorous story about how he took an irate note from a colleague and had his kids grade it for composition. It's clear that this is an exceptional teacher creating an exceptional experience for his students, including performing unabridged Shakespeare plays, with a rock 'n' roll soundtrack, which the kids play and sing themselves. I love many of his concepts though, and to take this as a book that gives you a better idea of how to approach your class i. His teaching is effective, but this book isn't! He's clearly proud of what he does, but not in a way that's offensive. I did get some great ideas to try out in the classroom, but I feel he is a bit too over the top for me. This is not really a bad book. It takes hard work and serious dedication, but teachers all across the country are daily making a difference in the lives of children.
A must buy if you are a teacher. It is a catch-22 to be a humble person asked to perform a task intrinsically prideful. I am a first year teacher and am finding myself overwhelmed by the paperwork and politics of an Elementary School. Hearing some of that would have made all the 'I'm not a great teacher, but I work hard' rhetoric a little easier to swallow. But as Esquith continues to describe all of the areas in which his students excel and all of the things he does to help them, it started to sound much too good to be true. Yeah, it's good to help the less fortunate. On the positive, it is not as dry as most methods books, and not as sappy as most inspirational books.
I think, no matter how much I want to grow, or sought his guidance, if we shared a building, he would ignore or dismiss me as a colleague. Teach Like Your Hair s on Fire! This is a book for teachers, by a teacher--a next-generation Jaime Escalante, who achieves tremendous results in his inner-city Los Angeles classroom. He is known for his incredible dedication and commitment to the children he teaches Deloza, 2014. At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge profits, when many schools are struggling, and students and educators everywhere are suffering under the strain, Robinson points the way forward. It is also quick, you can devour it in a day. His students are almost all kids who have learned English as a second language.
The guy cares, he really does. Review From one of America's most celebrated educators, an inspiring guide to transforming every child's education. Highlights for me were the Six Levels in which Rafe explains wrong reasons and right reasons that kids obey their teachers , the well-thought out attack on standardized testing the bane of any school , and the overall iconoclastic tone. During the step of observing, every detail is taken in, even… 1895 Words 8 Pages Rafe Esquith teaches fifth grade at Hobart Elementary School in California. This bestseller gives any teacher or parent all the techniques, exercises, and innovations that have made its author an educational icon, from personal codes of behavior to tips on tackling literature and algebra. Of course, we don't hear his family's perspective, so I could be wrong, but spending 12 hours a day 6 days a week and then traveling the country with his students in his off time doesn't leave much time for his own family. Esquith instructs his students by employing Kohlberg's six stages of moral development.
That said there are a number of aspects of his style that warrant further consideration for me. Think for yourself ; Celluloid heroes ; Goin' mobile ; It's only rock 'n' roll but I like it ; Do they know it's Christmas? Every year, build on what works and tweak what doesn't. While Rafe is wonderfully honest about his own struggles and mistakes, trying to learn about teaching from his example is a little like trying to learn about leadership by copying Dr. He also writes about the fact that he takes his weekly essays and monthly book reports home to grade over the weekend with detailed comments and suggestions. The students' respect for all other teachers? I'm not sure how much of Rafe's advice I'd be able to apply to my own teaching, first because he's an elementary school teacher I've seen a lot of high school students that would be way too jaded for some of his projects Rafe Esqith is without question a phenomenal teacher. Okay, I thought, I think I know what most urban public school kids are like, so it seems like a bit of an exaggeration.
Having such a clear and logical structure in place would also build the kind of trust that make students willing to go along for the ride with their teacher's crazy ideas. But he retains an optimistic outlook and incredible expectations for himself and his students. How can one man help his students to excel in so many areas; how does he have the time and energy and money to do it all? My impression of the things other readers criticized - the fact that he occasionally criticizes administrators and other teachers - was ultimately one of compassion for the reader who is probably a teacher or parent. I barely make enough money to pay my mortgage and bills, so if I took on 4 extra jobs, it would not be to take my whole class across the country. Yes, there are poor teachers who use movies to babysit, teach to the test, help kids cheat on standardized tests, etc. His many other honors include the American Teacher Award, Parents magazine's As You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life Award, and the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama. Although usually laconic, he was loquacious on one particular topic.