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



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The New York Timesbestseller that is revolutionizing the way Americans educate their kids—Rafe Esquith is a genius and a saint” (The New York Times) Perhaps the most famous fifth-grade teacher in America, Rafe Esquith has won numerous awards and even honorary citizenship in the British Empire for his outstandingly successful methods. In his Los Angeles public school classroom, he helps impoverished immigrant children understand Shakespeare, play Vivaldi, and become happy, self-confident people. This bestseller gives any teacher or parent all the techniques, exercises, and innovations that have made its author an educational icon, from personal codes of behavior to tips on tackling literature and algebra. The result is a powerful book for anyone concerned about the future of our children.

Author Biography

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School for twenty-two years. His many other honors include the American Teacher Award, Parents magazine-'s As You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey-'s Use Your Life Award, and the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Fire in the Classroomp. ix
There's no Place Like Home
Gimme Some Truthp. 3
Searching for Level VIp. 13
The Method
Reading for Lifep. 29
Writingp. 45
Add It Upp. 62
We Won't Get Fooled Againp. 73
What a Wonderful Worldp. 85
Rocket Manp. 96
Art Loverp. 106
Put Me In, Coachp. 123
Taxmanp. 133
The Madness
Think for Yourselfp. 145
Celluloid Heroesp. 159
Goin' Mobilep. 172
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (but I Like It)p. 190
Do They Know It's Christmas?p. 201
Will Powerp. 208
Epilogue: Rest in Peacep. 224
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
Appendixesp. 231
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