Esme Raji Codell has come to teach. Fresh-mouthed and miniskirted, this irrepressible spirit does the cha-cha during multiplication lessons, roller-skates down the hallways, and puts on rousing performances with at-risk students in the library. In Educating Esme, the diary of her first year teaching in a Chicago public school, she opens a window into a real-life classroom. While battling bureaucrats, gang members, abusive parents, and her own insecurities, this gifted teacher changes her students' lives forever.
Very funny, witty and also very candid. It's a 1st year teachers diary. She teaches in a inncer city school of Chicago. It's not for "born-again idealists." She's blunt and at times down right crude in her approach to reaching those students that most need her. She loves her students and fights every day for them to understand her love for them and her
desire for them to break the pattern that has been set before them.
Well, I've been a teacher for 2 years, and I suppose I should feel sympathetic towards her, but she seems to think everything revolves around her and expects everyone to jump in and make her goals a reality. I suppose that is what helps make someone a good teacher, but she basically just irritated me.
Cheska L. (cheska) reviewed Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year on
Cute, spunky, and a whole lot of attitude! "Educating Esme" is a collection of a first-year teacher's journal entries on her experiences in the classroom, with militant administrators, and uptight colleagues in an urban Chicago school district. EE is a fun and short read, even made me laugh out loud in certain passages. One important lesson I take away from this book: great teachers are passionate and creative! They don't fit into prescribed small boxes!
Karen L. reviewed Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year on
I found this book to be very similar to the experience of my sister-in-law in a couple of the schools where she taught. Sad. Her anecdotes about the kids will break your heart. Her enthusiasm will give you hope. Quick little book well worth reading if for no other reason that to remind you what a DANG HARD job teaching is.