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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Rafe Esquith, the only teacher to receive the National Medal of Arts, has garnered the American Teacher Award and numerous other honors. Still teaching fifth graders in a small, leaky classroom in downtown Los Angeles, Esquith fosters a wholesome climate where character, humility, and diligence matter and support is unconditional. For his mostly poor and Hispanic students, Esquith models two maxims: Be nice and work hard, and There are no shortcuts. And his students thrive!
©2007 Rafe Esquith; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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Inspiring even if not what it claims to be

This is a very inspiring account of putting the creation of a classroom community and the building of character first in a way that brings amazing dividends in student growth. The author does not tell you that he is teaching a gifted class of Mexican and Asian immigrants but let's you think that he is dealing with all o the problem that a teacher of inner city youth deals with. Still, I came away with dozens of ideas for my 4th, 5th and 6th classroom by listening to this book.

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I wish I had read this book at college.

Rafe takes you through a magical and captivating journey that will inspire the mind and touch the heart. What a book!!!

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  • MM
  • 01-19-16

Good use of moral development theory

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The author's use of Kohlberg's moral development as a classroom management/teaching strategy was inspiring. The actual writing was a little sloppy and not always politically correct in terms of characterizing certain groups of people.

What other book might you compare Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire to and why?

None

Have you listened to any of James Yaegashi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know if I've heard other books by Yaegashi.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

The actual writing was substandard but the concepts and the reader were great.

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Not really for high school teachers

There's a part about character development that is interesting and, as a high school English teacher, I found that part the part discussing English slightly helpful.

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Teaching gold

Rafe has re-energized me to believe again. Rafe has given me a new vision of what education can be and should be.

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  • JB
  • 04-02-12

Inspirational Listen

If you could sum up Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire in three words, what would they be?

This book is inspiring and hopeful. While not all teachers will reach Rafe's level of commitment, they do exist and they are reaching many youth.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I liked hearing about what these students went on to do with their adult lives. Rafe doesn't claim to reach all of his students, but he has been instrumental in many of their lives and they, in turn, are spreading his values, giving to their communities, and generally being positive, productive people.

Any additional comments?

I particularly liked his advice to young teachers. His program was built over years and was not without issues. It is a very inspiring read, with lots of good ideas, but he never says

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  • Sarah
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 04-25-10

wonderful book

Rafe Esquith's books are inspiring and full of helpful information for teachers.

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  • Sadie
  • Colorado
  • 03-02-10

Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire

Rafe sounds like a wonderful teacher. I gleaned a lot but I entirely disagreed with some of the movie titles available to the kids, I am with the Mom that had scheduled an exorcism, although I wouldn't go that far.

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