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Nterested in this teacher of the year s methods this book may be worth a look It is less so if you teach a particular subject as the book is better suited to elementary teachers who are eneralists and teach English math social studies science art music and The Craving gym to name a few because he devotes an entire chapter to each High school and middle school teachers will find less of interest hereOK so what is it you re looking for from a book like this If you re in it for Rafe s STORY and for whatoes on in his classroom have a ball If you re in it for selfish reasons that is methods you might emulate yourself in the classroom proceed with care There s no denying the book contains some useful advice and methods but it also devotes much attention to matters beyond the realm and finances of most teachers full play productions of Shakespeare field trips that involve airplane flights not buses cross country film festivals and book clubs held after school or at 630 in the morning Clearly this is a devoted man and by comparison some teachers may feel depressed by all he pulls off while still maintaining a life of his own if he has one outside of the classroomHighlights for me were the Six Levels in which Rafe explains wrong reasons and right reasons that kids obey their teachers the well thought out attack on standardized testing the bane of any school and the overall iconoclastic tone Also a few of his ideas were illuminating True there were not a lot of practical ideas for the classroom but there were some and some are bound to be of use for teacherreadersIf I taught elementary The Murder Exchange grades I d invest in this book and add it to my professional libraryo ahead set the bar high for yourself If I taught junior or high school or were simply a parent interested in education I d check it out at the library and pick the chapters that best suited my interestsIn any case the bottom line is this we should all be Love in Catalina Cove (Catalina Cove grateful for teachers like Rafe Esuith but most teachers have no hope of emulating his methods because they lack the time the finances or the leeway Though this is about an elementary school teacher there are a few strategies that are applicable to high school teachers as wellAnd now it s time for a rantI m sure the author is areat teacher and his kids learn a lot from himBut and this is very important this is yet another book which describes a teacher as a saint with sanctified kids who sacrifices his entire life for his studentsI m not saying it s a bad thing and certainly Rafe Esuith seems to have done something right in his school However I resent the implication one so often used in both books and movies about inspirational teachers that a teacher s life begins and ends his classroom How about a little moderation I can be devoted to my students and teach them to the best of my ability and inspire them to be all they can be But I shouldn t be made to feel The Million Dollar Goal guilty because I want to have a personal life tooIn addition I don t actually live in a community in which every student is invested in his education This is yet another book in which the kids JUST CAN T WAIT for school to start and theyet there early and stay late and work beyond their rade Level And Blahblahblah That Is and blahblahblah That is a brand of student I am familiar with Where are MY industrious little bunnies who want to read Shakespeare or write ten page essays or diagram sentences JUST BECAUSE I could be the best teacher in the world too if I didn t have to spend half my class time waking kids up or telling them to pick up their social lives after class or repeating the page number of the book 547 timesI uess what I m saying is this is a book for pre teachers and college professors who ve never been in a real classroom Teachers in the trenches will read this and uestion its practical application. Rilliant and inspiring road map for parents teachers and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation's children BACKCOVER Praise for Rafe Esuith “Rafe Esuith is my only hero” —Sir Ian McKellan “Politicians burbling over how to educate the underclass would do well to stop by Rafe Esuith's fifth rade class as it mounts its annual Shakespeare play Sound like a rind Listen to the peals of laughter bouncing off the classroom walls” —Time “Esuith is a modern day Thoreau preaching the value of ood work honest self reflection and the courage to o one's own way” —Newsday. ,


Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56N oing to the extent of forking out his own money for supplies and eventsYet something about him kind of feels wrong out his own money for supplies and eventsYet something about him kind of feels wrong don t know if it s because the US school system is so messed up but he distrusts school administrationadministrators and even his colleagues so much that he strikes me as a pretty arrogant lone ranger martyr type Eg he says he asks students parents for donations but stresses that this must be kept ABSOLUTELY secret because otherwise the evil people up there would shut kept ABSOLUTELY secret because otherwise the evil people up there would shut practice down These things also seem unforgivable to me1 Once his colleague wrote him a nasty note He took it to class and had the students dissect the rammarconstruction of that note2 He puts down a teacher in his school he dubs Miss Popular by transcribing a long conversation between him and Miss P s student who doesn t seem to have absorbed what Miss P has taughtWhat on earth Surely an advocate of ethical behaviour and humility should practise what he preaches and focus on the positive learning points he wants to impart to enthusiastic teachers not put down others to make himself seem betterAlso where is the mention of Esuith scaling up his wonderful methods to classes in his school or even the whole school so that MORE children can benefit The title of the book is telling Room 56 has no doubt had a significant impact on hundreds if not thousands of students But has Esuith styled himself so much as a doorkeeper uardian building up a siege mentality in this room so much that the keys to his success remain firmly in his hand Yes he has written a book but direct mentorship of other teachers collaboration with colleagues and the contribution to the fostering of a positive culture in school should come first Indeed Esuith described staff meetings as being worse than thumbscrews and the rack not once but twice in his book What kind of message would that send to educators who are trying to work together to benefit students Not to mention the message this would send to students who would row up to o through some painful but necessary procedures in their workplace is he trying to cultivate some holier than thou attitudeI still ave this three stars because Esuith s methods are useful and he offers a wide range of them across a variety of disciplines though they are really suited for elementary school teachers than those who teach high school I ive him props for his passion and commitment But I don t appreciate being told that I should put down other teachers constantly to figure out what not to do in the classroom Another concern I have with the level of dedication he advocates is it will cause a teacher to burn out really uickly I agree that we must be willing to ive our students time but it must be high uality time and leave room for the teacher to reflect on how to teach better I don t like this I come in earlier than anyone and leave later than anyone so I am BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. great attitude I don t think just putting in A LOT of timeoing through work with students is so straightforward or direct a way of assisting them In fact it may create over dependency But maybe I am speaking from the perspective of someone who comes from a hyper competitive Asian society if American students demonstrate willingness to come in earlier and leave later that may be rarer and deserve encouragement I see Rafe has a new book out Reading this one years ago was enough for me thank you Wildly unrealistic and self promotional Actually non teachers might LOVE this book The uy cares he really does But if you re in the trenches reading his neatly titled book you re left thinking something like this my review when I first read itRafe Esuith s Teach Like Your Hair s on Fire is aimed at teachers and parents but the parent part is mostly lip service this is mainly a book for teachers If you re D a saint” comes a revelatory program for educating today's youth In Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire Rafe Esuith reveals the techniues that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time The two mottoes in Esuith's classroom are “Be Nice Work Hard” and “There Are No Shortcuts” His students voluntarily come to school at 630 in the morning and work until 500 in the afternoon They learn to handle money responsibly tackle algebra and travel the country to study history They pair Hamlet with rock and roll and read the American classics Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire is a ,

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Man I wish we all had THE MONETARY MEANS TO BE AS monetary means to be as a teacher as this uy is Didn t anyone else find that this book was totally unreasonable especially for Catholic school teachers I barely make enough money to pay my mortgage and bills so if I took on 4 extra jobs it would not be to take my whole class across the country It would be to pay off my car note or my credit card or to Mr. Jelly's Business go back to school to finish my master s or to start a familyI feel like this book was written to make me feel like an inadeuate teacher Nyah nyah I buy my kids stuff ando in earlier and 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, giveive Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı give of myself physically monetarily emotionallyDidn t anyone catch that he has a wife and at least one kid He doesn t address how he fits them into his 12 hour work days Yeah it sood to help the less fortunatebut what about the ones you re possibly neglecting at home I had to stay at school for that long yesterday because I had morning duty a full day of classes including a spirit points kick off assembly a committee On Which I Serve And which I serve and form and to which I ive tons of time conduct play rehearsals and have parent teacher conferences after the rehearsals and I have a husband but no children I felt as though I neglected him which was not fair and that was only one nightAlso as a high school teacher I have either 50 minutes or 90 minutes each day to attempt anything with learning different children Plan a lesson that takes 1 class in a regular classroom setting and it will take them 3 days to finish the first part All of his wonderful things funded by his own money can t really translate into my classroom God I wish it could But his things that take 6 weeks to do would take an entire semester with my students I m not complainingjust adding to why I didn t care for this book I love my kids my job and the extra time I put in including setting up fundraisers to help students pay for their trips either across the country or around the world as opposed to working extra jobs to buy suppliesI uess this Book Was His Application was his application canonization Hail Rafe full of The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River grace This is an incredibly inspiring book for parents and teachers who want to bring out the best in their charges I have to admit that my awe is tinged with just a bit of cynicism however In twenty odd years times 30 kids of teaching Rafe has never had a discipline problem The implication is that someone who does have discipline problems is doing something wrong or precisely isn t doing something right That may be true in most cases but unless Rafe is Midas is aravel pit there have to be some kids who don t respond perfectly to even his admittedly top notch teaching style Also I d like to know how many hours are in Rafe s not to mention his students day He begins teaching an hour and a half before school starts and ends when the sun THIEME Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy goes down and that s not when he s taking them to DisneyLand New York Chicago or Oregon His students practice music poetry and baseball in their free time He is awe inspiring but Iuess I d like a peek at the mechanics of how he fits it all in But read it yourself and decide It s DEFINITELY worth reading and thinking about Rafe Esuith is obviously a wonderful teacher He teaches his 1011 year olds ALL subjects kind of like how primary school teachers do it in Singapore including Physical Education Art Science and even Shakespeare a subject unto himself While preparing them for standardised tests he avoids teaching to the test too much by integrating lesson objectives in an inter disciplinary manner and ets students to be exam smart by anticipating which options would be set as distractors on multiple choice uestions He teaches his students to o up the scale of moral development by emphasising River Bodies (Northampton County, good manners and keeping them to high standards all the time He is dedicated eve. From one of America's most celebrated educators an inspiringuide to transforming every child's education In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by Dept. of Reproductive Management gunsangs and drugs there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56 The fifth Beneath This Ink graders inside are firsteneration immigrants who live in poverty and speak English as a second language They also play Vivaldi perform Shakespeare score in the top 1 percent on standardized tests and The Psychology of Work go on to attend Ivy League universities Rafe Esuith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments From the man whom The New York Times calls “aenius an.