Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56

Written by:
Rafe Esquith
Narrated by:
James Yaegashi

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2008
7 hours 26 minutes
Best-selling author Rafe Esquith, the only teacher to receive the National Medal of Arts, has garnered the American Teacher Award and numerous other honors. Still teaching fifth graders in a small, leaky classroom in downtown Los Angeles, Esquith fosters a wholesome climate where character, humility, and diligence matter and support is unconditional. For his mostly poor and Hispanic students, Esquith models two maxims: Be nice and work hard, and There are no shortcuts. And his students thrive!
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Harry Ric Blacksten

like to read about great scientists, politicians, explorers, and more. So why not read about a great teacher, even if I'm beyond any sort of full time teaching myself. (Maybe I'll start subbing again sometime.) That's why I just finished "reading" on Audiobooks, "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire," by Rafe Esquith. This guy is a super teacher. I'd hate to be another teacher in his school since I would pale by comparison. Anyway, his book shows how a 70-hour/week dedicated and brilliant teacher can bring a class of average 5th graders to exceptional character and performance. Highly recommended. I must admit, however, that by the end of the book I was becoming annoyed by his walk-on-water accomplishments, particularly with his Hobart Shakespearians organization that performns a different Shakespeare play every year, with rock accompaniment by the students themselves (not all in his 5th grade class). To find out more about The Hobart Shakespearians, browse Rafe Esquith and The Hobart Shakespeareans Official Website Rafe Esquith and The Hobart Shakespeareans Official Website HOBARTSHAKESPEAREANS.ORG|BY HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS - SONG BROS.

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