A must-read for parents, new teachers, and classroom veterans, Educating Esm? is the exuberant diary of Esm? Raji Codell's first year teaching in a Chicago public school. Fresh-mouthed and free-spirited, the irrepressible Madame Esm?-as she prefers to be called-does the cha-cha during multiplication tables, roller-skates down the hallways, and puts on rousing performances with at-risk students in the library. Her diary opens a window into a real-life classroom from a teacher's perspective. While battling bureaucrats, gang members, abusive parents, and her own insecurities, this gifted young woman reveals what it takes to be an exceptional teacher.nbsp; Heroine to thousands of parents and educators, Esm? now shares more of her ingenious and yet down-to-earth approaches to the classroom in a supplementary guide to help new teachers hit the ground running. As relevant and iconoclastic as when it was first published, Educating Esm? is a classic, as is Madame Esm? herself.
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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
August 31, 2009
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