Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Learning | Real Talk for Real Teachers

There's an educator at a Los Angeles elementary school who won the Walt Disney American Teacher Award for National Teacher of the Year in 1992. Esquith has a unique, motivational approach to teaching. You can see how he teaches students about Shakespeare in the documentary DVD, The Hobart Shakespeare Company

You may have read one of his books, such as There Are No Shortcuts (which is the motto on a banner in his classroom,)  or Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire: the Methods and Madness Inside Room 56.  

Rafe Esquith's newest book is Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: "No Retreat, No Surrender!" Esquith speaks from the voice of experience, and he writes just as easily about his mistakes as he does his successes.  The chapter titles are entertaining and intriguing. "Chapter Three: Everything Put Together Sooner or Later Falls Apart" discusses why it's important for new teachers to focus a little less on Day One than Day Two.  He gives some examples of disastrous Day Twos he has had.

This book would be an interesting read for anybody interested in teaching, whether experienced or not.  

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