Monday, March 22, 2010

Passionate Teaching

Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 by Rafe Esquith


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
this book is so inspiring! Esquith is one dedicated teacher. I wish every kid had someone like him for a teacher. I thought it was interesting that Esquith uses some of the great keys of teaching that Oliver DeMille teaches, namely, use classics, not textbooks, and inspire, not require. He also uses more than just the standard lecture environment that most people are so familiar with in school. He uses simulations by having his classroom be an economic society with each desk as a property for the students to buy or rent. These kids are all poor and come from minority families in downtown L.A. Yet with his economic simulation and creative teaching methods they learn how to manage money and excel academically. Many of his students have gone on to Ivy League schools.

He has figured out so many fun ways of teaching math (marcycookmath.com), Shakespeare (they put on a play every year), writing, science, economy, geography and history (they go on a trip to Washington D.C. every sumemr) and music (each student gets a guitar and they play rock music). I read this over a family vacation in Palm Springs and couldn't wait to read it every day. This book will leave you feeling good! see rafeesquith.com for more info.

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