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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith
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Feb 26, 2009

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The idea of teaching as a "calling" rather than a career is rather old-fashioned. A recent news article touted teaching as a career that was "recession-proof." I think Rafe Esquith would disdain such an idea, because he is a soul who is truly called to teach and will do so whether he makes a penny profit or not. He probably does not, because he spends much of his own money to provide special projects & field trips for his class of 5th graders in a poor L.A. school district. His passion is contagious and in my estimation it is the reason for his great success. He enumerates some of his pet projects and approaches in his book, but without his underlying passion I suspect his success would not be duplicated. As a homeschool teacher/mom, many of his projects would not translate to a small setting. BUT, I did pick up a few ideas that have enriched our studies and mostly I just enjoyed sitting in on his class vicariously. We need more Rafe Esquiths in this world!

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