Lighting Their Fires : How Parents and Teachers Can Raise Extraordinary Kids in a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-29
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire shares his proven methods for creating compassionate children

During twenty-five years of teaching at Hobart Elementary School in inner city Los Angeles, Rafe Esquith has helped thousands of children maxi­mize their potential-and became the only teacher in history to receive the president's National Medal of Arts. In Lighting Their Fires, Esquith translates the inspiring methods from Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire for parents.

This is a great book because it tells the truth. Rafe is saying that our culture, the stuff our children absorb countless times each day, is making it harder, not easier, to raise and teach children to become good citizens, good friends, good people.

Using lessons framed by a class trip to a Dodgers game, he moves inning by inning through concepts that explain how to teach children to be thoughtful and honorable people-as well as successful students-and to have fun in the process.

Author Biography

Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School for twenty- four years. He has won the American Teachers Award and Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life Award, and was made an Honorary Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Table of Contents

Pregame Show: Out of the Ordinaryp. 1
First Inning: The Readiness is allp. 9
Second Inning: Keep your Eye on the Ballp. 37
Third Inning: I can see for Miles and Milesp. 61
Fourth Inning: Crossroadsp. 81
Fifth Inning: Sweeping Like Shakespearep. 99
Sixth Inning: All about Evep. 121
Seventh Inning: Even Higherp. 141
Eighth Inning: School Dazep. 159
Ninth Inning: The Long Runp. 177
Postgame Show: Throwing Starfishp. 189
Acknowledgmentsp. 193
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A Wonderful Book April 20, 2011
As much as I loved this textbook, reading it hurt because it proves -- yet again -- there's a wonderful way to teach kids by inspiring, challenging and ennobling them, rather than turning them into mindless memorization drones. This message is painful because so few schools today embrace high standards and equip students to manage their time, consider the implications of their actions, and think critically and open-mindedly. This is a valuable textbook for both parents and teachers who want to do right by children in an increasingly value-absent society. Recommended.
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