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The Resource Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell

Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell

Label
Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year
Title
Educating Esmé
Title remainder
diary of a teacher's first year
Statement of responsibility
Esmé Raji Codell
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is a story about frustrations in the workplace, about refusing to conform, about taking a stand against mediocrity. The journal of a first-time teacher, her year with her fifth grade class, & her success teaching them reading & creative writing. Esm Raji Codell has come to teach - and she's not going to let incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, weary teachers, dim-witted principals, angry children, or her own insecurities get in the way. Esm is fresh mouthed yet compassionate; she can be both pigheaded and generous, cynical and charming. In this diary, a record of her frustrations, her achievements, and her struggles to maintain her individuality in the face of bureaucracy, she reveals what it takes to be a genuine teacher. Esm wears costumes in the classroom, dances with the kids during rallies in the auditorium, puts on rousing performances with at-risk kids in the library. Her fifth-graders don't use the reading textbook: "What for? Grown-ups don't read textbooks, unless they're forced." Math is called Puzzling; "I figured kids at this age come to me with preconceived notions of what they are good at. This way a kid who thinks she's no good in math might turn out to be good at Puzzling." Disciplinary action includes having the "bad boy" of the class be the teacher for a day while Esm misbehaves just as he would. She is twenty-four-year-old woman with the enthusiasm of an elementary school student and the determination of a dedicated teacher. Must reading for every teacher, Educating Esm is not just for educators. This is a story about frustrations in any workplace, about refusing to conform, about taking a stand against mediocrity. By the sheer force of her personality, Esm gives us an exhilarating field trip through a Chicago public school
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
372.11/0092
Index
no index present
LC call number
LB2844.1.N4
LC item number
C63 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0714/98033333-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocm40193499
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
204 p.
Isbn
9781565122253
Lccn
98033333
System control number
(OCoLC)40193499
Label
Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0714/98033333-d.html
Publication
Control code
ocm40193499
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
204 p.
Isbn
9781565122253
Lccn
98033333
System control number
(OCoLC)40193499

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