Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

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Esmé Raji Codell has come to teach, and she's not going to let incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, or her own insecurities get in the way. As she puts it, she has "Thirty-one children. Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. Everything they become, I also become." Codell's portrait of an inner-city elementary school is funny, poignant, and inspiring. Her struggle to maintain individuality in the face of bureaucracy and her defiant stand against mediocrity will reverberate in ...

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Overview

Esmé Raji Codell has come to teach, and she's not going to let incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, or her own insecurities get in the way. As she puts it, she has "Thirty-one children. Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. Everything they become, I also become." Codell's portrait of an inner-city elementary school is funny, poignant, and inspiring. Her struggle to maintain individuality in the face of bureaucracy and her defiant stand against mediocrity will reverberate in companies as well as classrooms everywhere.

Original material © 1999 Esme Raji Codell. Published by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598871180
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 4/18/2007
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Esmé Raji Codell is a teacher and children's literature specialist at a Chicago elementary school. Her public radio feature based on this diary was awarded First Prize for National Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association. She is also the recipient of the Dr. Peggy Williams Award for the outstanding new teacher in the field of reading and language arts, given by the Chicago chapter of the International Reading Association. Esmé live in Chicago with her husband and son.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    An Inspiring Memoir

    Educating Esme is a diary of a young lady named Esme Codell, who chooses to become a fifth grade teacher, after her friend recently passed away. Surprisingly, Esme seems more excited about her first day than any of the students. However, throughout the year, she runs into many problems with her students and co-workers. The principal, Mr. Turner, is always bugging her about everything she does, and her students are obnoxious. By the end of the year, Ms. Codell gets to know and love her students like they are the children she never had. I really like this book because it is Esme's entire experience as a teacher, including all the obstacles she had as a teacher.
    Esme Codell is a very talented author and has written many books in her lifetime. I would recommend this book for teenagers and adults. I love her books because they are very detailed and have a lot of imagery. Educating Esme is one of my favorite books because it shows me how hard a teacher's life really is. I would recommend this book to all of my friends because it shows life at school from a whole different perspective. This book is very inspirational for those who want to follow their dreams, through difficulties.

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