Teach like your hair's on fire the methods and madness inside room 56

by Esquith, Rafe.

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Summary
In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is a 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% on standardized tests, and go on to attend Ivy League universities. Rafe Esquith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments. Here, he reveals his techniques. The classroom's mottoes 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 pair Hamlet with rock and roll, learn to handle money responsibly, tackle algebra, and travel the country to study history. This is an inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation's children.--From publisher description.
Contents
Prologue. Fire in the classroom
pt. 1. There's no place like home
1. Gimme some truth
2. Searching for level VI
pt. 2. The method
3. Reading for life
4. Writing
5. Add it up
6. We won't get fooled again
7. What a wonderful world
8. Rocket man
9. Art lover
10. Put me in, coach
11. Taxman
pt. 3. The madness
12. Think for yourself
13. Celluloid heroes
14. Goin' mobile
15. It's only rock 'n' roll (but I like it)
16. Do they know it's Christmas?
17. Will power
Epilogue. Rest in peace.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Esquith might be the only public school teacher to be honored by both Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama; he is the only school teacher ever to receive the president's National Medal of the Arts. For the past 25 years, Esquith has taught fifth graders at Hobart Elementary in central Los Angeles. Like most progressive educators, Esquith is outraged by the tyranny of testing, the scripting of teaching under "No Child Left Behind" and the overwhelming bureaucratization of the education industry. Still, he's done wonders with the basic curriculum developing a hands-on arts program, a money-management curriculum and a sports-based statistics unit. Esquith and his Hobart Shakespeareans are world famous for the rock opera they create every year. Throughout each school day, Esquith teaches life skills: how to think about problems, how to plan a strategy to solve them and, most important, how to work together and be nice to each other. While his goals are inspiring, he's also practical most chapters include affordable, how-to directions for a variety of his most effective classroom activities; he's even got a few tips for revamping those inescapable "test prep" sessions. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Education Philosophy
Ethics Study and teaching
Moral education
Values Study and teaching
Education
Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Penguin Publishing Group2007
2007
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781101201916
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