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Educating Esme : diary of a teacher's first year
Esme Raji Codell
Adult Nonfiction LB2844.1.N4 C63 1999

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Portions of Codell's diary of her experiences as a first-year teacher in a Chicago inner-city elementary school were first aired on WBEZ radio, in that city, as part of its Life Stories series. Subsequently rounded out into a book, the material still comes across like it's meant to be read aloud. Codell's voice carries the enthusiasm thatÄas a 24-year-old hardcore idealistÄshe brought to her difficult job. Hired for a brand-new school, she tells how she let her "na‹vet‚" work to her own advantage. She invented ways to engage her troubled, sometimes hostile students, relying on jerry-rigged visual aids, group craft projects, role-reversing skits and the like. Villains appear as well, such as her evil principal, Mr. Turner, a "homophobic, backward idiot." Codell throws herself into the reading, imitating her kids' voices, sounding truly exasperated at each obstacle she faces. Based on the 1999 Algonquin hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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