Esme Raji Codell
Adult Nonfiction LB2844.1.N4 C63 1999
Summary: A must-read for parents, new teachers, and classroom veterans, Educating EsmÃ© is the exuberant diary of EsmÃ© Raji Codell's first year teaching in a Chicago public school. Fresh-mouthed and free-spirited, the irrepressible Madame EsmÃ©--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. Heroine to thousands of parents and educators, EsmÃ© 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 EsmÃ© is a classic, as is Madame EsmÃ© herself.
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