The New York Times–bestselling author and world-renown teacher offers no-nonsense wisdom for teachers of all ages
There’s no one teachers trust more to give them classroom advice than Rafe Esquith. After more than thirty years on the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours familiar to every dedicated educator. But where his New York Times bestseller Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers is food for a teacher’s soul.
Esquith candidly tackles the three stages of life for the career teacher and offers encouragement to see them through the difficult early years, advice on mid-career classroom building, and novel ideas for longtime educators. With his trademark mix of humor, practicality, and boundless compassion, 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.
In his fourth book, Los Angeles elementary school teacher Esquith (Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire), who has become famous for transforming his classroom of underprivileged fifth-graders into classical music playing, Shakespeare-performing superachievers, offers a tonic for stressed-out teachers. While the truly inspiring world of Esquith's Room 56 at Hobart Elementary is on display, it's a backdrop for explaining that in spite of teachers' Herculean efforts, things won't always work out perfectly. The book is divided into sections addressing new teachers, midcareer teachers, and veterans; Esquith begins by explaining the importance of involving students in the process of creating and maintaining classroom standards, and the need to make the curriculum relevant. Using anecdotes from his 30-year career, Esquith helps teachers focus on what they can achieve, not on what they can't. He tells teachers to stay positive when dealing with difficult school administrators, meaningless standardized tests, uninvolved or unreasonable parents, and negative coworkers. Esquith also encourages teachers to maintain balance in their lives. Most surprising is his blunt admission that not everything will work, and not every student can be reached at some point, teachers have to devote their efforts to the students who want to learn. The enormously valuable book will help keep teachers energized.
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Excellent and Brilliant
Nothing in this book is complex or sophisticated, rather it contains simple strategies that have been tried and tested over three decades by one of the greatest teachers in the world.
As someone who teaches and mentors coaches all over the world, I highly recommend this book!