I went to visit my older sister this past weekend. I brought her a gift for getting her Master’s Degree in Education. The gift was a book called Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith.
I read the book before gifting it. (Is that wrong? I took great care not to break the binding!)
Anyway, this was a really great little book. I read it in one sitting. The book is written by a 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles named, Rafe Esquith. His students are typically immigrants or second generation. Most of them are from lower income families that don’t speak English as a first language. Despite all these obstacles, many of his students go on to attend Ivy League schools. If that’s not impressive enough, he gives them a love for the arts, and encourages them to be considerate to each other.
Rafe Esquith has been honored by both Oprah and the Dalai Lama. He is also the only school teacher ever to receive the president’s National Medal of the Arts.
This book is inspirational and motivational not just for teachers, but for parents, too.