If Rafe Esquith's Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire was food for a teacher's mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers feeds the teacher's soul. In this inspiring book, the genius behind the triumphs in Room 56 and on the stage with the Hobart Shakespeareans returns with words of wisdom and advice for those who struggle day to day in the world's hardest profession.
After thirty-plus years in the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours with which any dedicated teacher will be instantly familiar. He recognizes that new teachers and veteran educators need different kinds of nourishment, whether it's encouragement to see through a teacher's difficult early years, advice on midcareer classroom building, or novel ideas for how longtime educators can put their expertise to work.
Mixing his trademark offbeat humor and no-nonsense maxims with instructive stories and useful in-class advice, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they're not alone. Real Talk for Real Teachers is from-the-hip advice to help teachers of every stripe cope with the overwhelming challenges of the classroom and beyond.
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"Starred Review. The enormously valuable book will help keep teachers energized." - Publishers Weekly
"A perfect primer for dealing with teaching adversity - inside or outside the classroom." - Barnes and Noble
"The values [Esquith] teaches are simple (self-respect, kindness, strong work ethic, etc.), and the author stresses the importance of the teacher consistently modeling these for students...Teaching is a tough job, but Esquith shows that its rewards can be profound." - Kirkus
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Rafe Esquith has taught at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for twenty-eight years. He is the only classroom teacher to have been awarded the president's National Medal of the Arts. His many other honors and awards include the American Teacher Award and People magazine's Heroes Among Us Award. He lives in Los Angeles.
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