Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire
The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56
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From one of America’s most celebrated educators, an inspiring guide to transforming every child’s education
In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation 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 go on to attend Ivy League universities. Rafe Esquith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments.
man whom The New York Times calls “a genius and a saint” comes a revelatory program for educating today’s
youth. In Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire!, Rafe Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the
most acclaimed educators of our time. The two mottoes in Esquith’s classroom are “Be Nice, Work Hard,” and “There
Are No Shortcuts.” His students voluntarily come to school at 6:30 in the morning and work until 5:00 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 brilliant
and inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation’s
Part One: There's No Place Like Home
One: Gimme Some Truth
Part Two: The Method
Three: Reading for Life
Part Three: The Madness
Twelve: Think for Yourself
Epilogue: Rest in Peace
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