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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by Rafe Esquith
by D.J. McIntosh
by Lee Wardlaw
by Kevin Carey
by Helen McCarthy
by Yiyun Li
by Laura Joh Rowland
by Margi Preus
by Carl Hiaasen, Bill Montalbano
"In the midst of an enthusiastic science lesson, teacher Rafe Esquith was wowed by his students' excited response until he realized what they were reacting to--his hair had caught on fire! Esquith has taught fifth-graders at Hobart Elementary in central Los Angeles for 25 years. He's outraged by the current testing crazes and worried about the stresses of society upon his students. Here he shares the basics on what makes his classroom work. His focuses are the development of passion for academic subjects and living kindly. This practical how-to book is a guide for new teachers and a revitalizer for frustrated professionals. James Yaegashi's performance is full of the zest that has won Esquith accolades from fans as diverse as Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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