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Educating Esmé by Esmé Raji Codell
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Apr 01, 2012

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Read from April 01 to 08, 2012

Great book but a lot of stuff she does is unbefitting a first year teacher. She seems like she gives herself a lot of credit for things but doesn't admit to any of her major faults. What first year teacher gives crap to the principal of her school, messes with parents' heads and does all these wonderful, but more importantly, 100% effective lessons day after day. What did she do wrong? Why... Nothing of course and she has the test results and good natured students to prove it.

I like the positive message it sends to new teachers out there, I just don't believe a lot of what was said actually transpired. I think somethings may have been hollywoodized to make for an interesting story. Nonetheless a great read. I recommend it.
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