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The Resource Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell

Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell

Label
Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year
Title
Educating Esmé
Title remainder
diary of a teacher's first year
Statement of responsibility
Esmé Raji Codell
Title variation
Educating Esme
Title variation remainder
diary of a teachers first year
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is a story about frustrations in the workplace, about refusing to conform, about taking a stand against mediocrity. The journal of a first-time teacher, her year with her fifth grade class, & her success teaching them reading & creative writing. Esm Raji Codell has come to teach - and she's not going to let incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, weary teachers, dim-witted principals, angry children, or her own insecurities get in the way. Esm is fresh mouthed yet compassionate; she can be both pigheaded and generous, cynical and charming. In this diary, a record of her frustrations, her achievements, and her struggles to maintain her individuality in the face of bureaucracy, she reveals what it takes to be a genuine teacher. Esm wears costumes in the classroom, dances with the kids during rallies in the auditorium, puts on rousing performances with at-risk kids in the library. Her fifth-graders don't use the reading textbook: "What for? Grown-ups don't read textbooks, unless they're forced." Math is called Puzzling; "I figured kids at this age come to me with preconceived notions of what they are good at. This way a kid who thinks she's no good in math might turn out to be good at Puzzling." Disciplinary action includes having the "bad boy" of the class be the teacher for a day while Esm misbehaves just as he would. She is twenty-four-year-old woman with the enthusiasm of an elementary school student and the determination of a dedicated teacher. Must reading for every teacher, Educating Esm is not just for educators. This is a story about frustrations in any workplace, about refusing to conform, about taking a stand against mediocrity. By the sheer force of her personality, Esm gives us an exhilarating field trip through a Chicago public school
Summary
An energetic and enthusiastic first-year teacher in the Chicago public school system reveals her frustrations, achievements, and struggles to maintain her individuality in the face of incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, and weary teachers
Award
Alex Award, 2000.
Biography type
autobiography
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166540
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
372.11/0092
Index
no index present
LC call number
LB2844.1.N4
LC item number
C63 1999
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790
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
diary of a teacher's first year
Label
Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0714/98033333-d.html
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
1275843
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
204 p.
Isbn
9781565122253
Lccn
98033333
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm40193499
  • (OCoLC)40193499
Label
Educating Esmé : diary of a teacher's first year, Esmé Raji Codell
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0714/98033333-d.html
Publication
Control code
1275843
Dimensions
19 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
204 p.
Isbn
9781565122253
Lccn
98033333
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm40193499
  • (OCoLC)40193499

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