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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Teach Like Your Hair Is On Fire

Someone at work recommended this book to me: Teach Like Your Hair Is On Fire. It's about a schoolteacher named Rafe Esquith whose 5th grade class, in a school in a poor neighbourhood, puts on an amazing (unabridged) Shakespeare play each year, and whose students go on to Ivy League universities. Check out these two 5-minute videos on Rafe and his class.

2 Comments:

  • If you're interested in the matter, there is another great book about this: Work Hard, Be Nice (http://www.amazon.com/Work-Hard-Be-Nice-Promising/dp/1565125169/). It's about two guys that after a year of teach of america get inspired by Esquith and another bunch of people and started something called KIPP: knowledge is power program.
    Oh, and i happened to be reading this post via Google reader suggested items (if you were wondering).

    By Blogger Andrea Pinti, at 1/09/2011 4:41 AM  

  • Thanks Andrea! I'll have to check out Work Hard, Be Nice.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/21/2011 7:53 PM  

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