Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56

Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56

by Rafe Esquith
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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Alexa19 More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring book by Rafe Esquith that I would recommend it for any teacher; young or old, new or tenured, elementary or secondary. I would even recommend it for any parent or soon to be parent, because in a way, Rafe Esquith raises his students in room 56. I would also recommend it for any person who enjoys reading, just in general, about great and inspiring people. People who set their lives out in front of them, take it for all it is worth, and try to change the world in whatever way they can. The reason I decided to pick up this book and begin reading was because the college I attend had an opportunity for me to go and see him. I go to Illinois State University, where you will find that among the business majors, the engineering majors, and the pre-med majors, the majority of the students you will encounter here are education majors of all sorts. So having a teacher, who he himself has won the Oprah Winfrey Angel award, Oprah Winfrey's $100,000 "Use Your Life Award", Parents Magazine's "As You Grow Award", the Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, a Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship from John Hopkins University, and was made an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire, coming here was, I felt, quite the opportunity. While there, I heard one of the most inspiring speeches I have ever heard. Where he works, to give a quick summary of what you will quickly find out in the beginning of the novel anyway, is in a poor LA neighborhood, where for most of the students, English is a second language. His students willingly come to school, almost year round. The doors of his classroom, room 56, open at 6 AM for any student who wants to come (and several do) and has lots of after school activities in his room till 6 PM, where many students stay. He changes their lives, and in order to find out more, this is where I must leave you, to buy the book for yourself, and see how one man, can indeed, changes the world. As repeated, throughout the book as a saying in room 56 for the students to always remember to work hard to achieve their dreams, "After all, there are no shortcuts."~Rafe Esquith
gilbertteacher More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and what Rafe Esquith does with his students but found it to be very unrealistic. As a teacher myself, a wife, mother, daughter, friend of many, I could never devote the time and money to any job that claims to do. The field trips across the U. S. were great learning experiences but leaving students unsupervised in hotel rooms is a risk to student safety and personal liability I would not take with the most trusted of students. Through the minute details of his techniques and criticisms of other teachers, he has violated the creeds he has asked his students to live by. His derogatory nicknames for teachers he does not respect is especially disturbing. I am sure his students, past and present, would read his books and pick up on this unkindness. Even if he has altered some of the events and changed names, teachers from his school would surely figure out that he was talking about them. As much as I admire his love for students, I find many contradictions to his philosophy. If I tried to do as much as he claims to do, my marriage would dissolve and family life would dissolve for lack of time and attention. I spend lots of money on my teaching activities but would not want to give up my family life to take on extra jobs and recruit for funds. The book is well-written and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When one is looking on a nonfiction book to read that has to deal with the field of education Rafe Esquith's book Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56 is an excellent choice! Being an Oklahoma State University Composition student for 2010 I was given the task of finding an nonfiction book dealing with my major or career related. Stubbling across several books of Rafe Esquith I found Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire to be the most interesting after reading the first few pages. Esquith does an excellent job at listing how-to instruction with a few of his projects/activities he has found to be very benefical, in the class room. Throughout Esquith book he discusses the important of instilling life long lesson along side of teaching the basic curriculum. Therefore, if you are looking for a book to gain knowledge of the insight of the daily operations of a class room or looking for a good book to read I highly suggest to read Rafe Esquith's Teach Like You Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. Felica
haraSac More than 1 year ago
I happened to pick this book up while looking for a gift for a friend in her first year of teaching. I was riveted by the end of the first page and read the first few chapters before purchasing it for my friend. A year later, in the midst of my own first year of teaching, I remembered how inspired I was by just a few pages of Rafe's book, and bought a copy for myself. I have since given and lent this book to other teacher and tutor friends, and we all love it. Besides being chock-full of great practical teaching ideas and lesson plans, I am attracted to how he encourages his readers. He tells teachers, tutors, and mentors to not give up; yes, the education system in California is broken; yes, the cards are stacked against us; but do not give up. Our students - the future - are a worthwhile cause. This book (and this author) will be an inspiration to anyone who invests in others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author, Rafe Esquith, is a true hero. I have read all 3 of his books and would recommend them all, however, this is probably the best of the three. It just confirms that we, as parents and teachers simply need to do and expect more. It is very inspirational and will give you ideas on ways to do more with your own children. I also purchased a copy for my son's fourth grade teacher. The books are all easy reads and very enjoyable.
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This method of traching is a mix of faciliator and executive approaches. This teaches future teachers not to be afraid and everyone makes mistakes even the best, but you learn form them and become greater than before.
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This book is very thoughtful and give great hints as to find information to utilize new ideas. It is an excellent book for new teachers, and a great refresher course for those who are old hats at the expansion of the mind job.
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I definitely learned a lot an got a lot of ideas for my classroom from this book.
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Teachers of all experience levels can appreciate this book. Offers neat ideas (most easy to implement).
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MrTeacher More than 1 year ago
I appreciated the practical usefulness of this book. He's full of ideas, calls it like it is (ex: doesn't hesitate to call the lazy teachers out for using films as a replacement for learning), and encourages excellence. So, it's inspiring in a practical sort of way--he's got lots of ideas about how to use art and film in constructive ways. I've actually implemented some of his ideas, some to good end, some not. But it's fun to experiment. For deeper inspiration for teachers, I'd also recommend the classic, The Courage to Teach and the newer book, Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers.
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