Educating Esme Book Review And Giveaway

I value childrens education, therefore I value teachers. After reading Educating Esme: Diary of a Teachers First Year by Esme Rajii Codell, my admiration and appreciation for teachers and their work and passion grew even more. Written in diary form, I learned why Esme became and teacher and what her actual days in the classroom were like. Make no mistake, Madame Esme is one of the most zealous teachers Ive had the pleasure to learn about.

Madame Esme? Yes, that is what Esme expects her students to call her to the chagrin of her principal. In the Chicago public school where she taught that first year, the students were commonly beaten by their parents, hungry, and lived in poverty. Expecting anything of them was, well, unexpected. But Madame Esme held high expectations for every one of her students.

Her unique teaching techniques brought out the best in her students. She used her creativity to inspire her students to learn to love reading, to get over the hurdles they had in certain subjects or even behavioral issues and to believe in themselves.

There is humor and sadness, feelings of futility and motivation, a call to action to parents, the government and others on behalf of teachers and heart warming stories that you wont forget, all in Educating Esme. I highly recommend this book for parents, for people considering entering teaching, novice and experienced teachers and anyone that has an interest in education in the US.

This is the expanded edition for the 10th anniversary, which includes a Foreward by Katherine Paterson, author of  Bridge of Terabithia, Afterward by Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook and Advice for Aspiring and New Elementary School Teachers.

*There is some adult language in this book. I did not feel offended by it as this is a diary and factual book. The language was also commonly used by her students.*

*You may leave comments about this book, education, teaching, etc. even if you do not want to enter the giveaway.*

Giveaway: 1 Winner will receive a copy of this book.

The Rules:

1. Contest starts now and ends Monday Sept. 7th at midnight EST.
2. Open to US Residents only.
3. Winner will be chosen by Random.org.
4. Winner has 2 days to claim prize.
5. Have fun and tell your friends.

How To Enter:

For One Entry For Each Below: (please leave a separate comment for each entry)

  1. Sign up for this blogs RSS feed by email. Ill be checking!
  2. Leave a comment about one thing that a teacher did that made you feel more confident about yourself, or helped you in a subject you had difficulty learning. This can be about you or your child.
  3. Write a blog post about this contest. (let me know the link to your post)
  4. Leave a comment on my blog Brain Foggles (let me know which blog post please)
  5. Leave a comment on another post on this blog. (let me know the post please)
  6. Join this blogs Facebook Networked Blogs page found on the sidebar. (leave your Facebook name please).
  7. Follow me, ConnieFoggles on Twitter. (leave your Twitter ID please)
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This giveaway was sponsored by Algonquin Books. By posting this I am entered to win a gift card. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.

Educating Esme Book Review And Giveaway

I value childrens education, therefore I value teachers. After reading Educating Esme: Diary of a Teachers First Year by Esme Rajii Codell, my admiration and appreciation for teachers and their work and passion grew even more. Written in diary form, I learned why Esme became and teacher and what her actual days in the classroom were like. Make no mistake, Madame Esme is one of the most zealous teachers Ive had the pleasure to learn about.

Madame Esme? Yes, that is what Esme expects her students to call her to the chagrin of her principal. In the Chicago public school where she taught that first year, the students were commonly beaten by their parents, hungry, and lived in poverty. Expecting anything of them was, well, unexpected. But Madame Esme held high expectations for every one of her students.

Her unique teaching techniques brought out the best in her students. She used her creativity to inspire her students to learn to love reading, to get over the hurdles they had in certain subjects or even behavioral issues and to believe in themselves.

There is humor and sadness, feelings of futility and motivation, a call to action to parents, the government and others on behalf of teachers and heart warming stories that you wont forget, all in Educating Esme. I highly recommend this book for parents, for people considering entering teaching, novice and experienced teachers and anyone that has an interest in education in the US.

This is the expanded edition for the 10th anniversary, which includes a Foreward by Katherine Paterson, author of  Bridge of Terabithia, Afterward by Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook and Advice for Aspiring and New Elementary School Teachers.

*There is some adult language in this book. I did not feel offended by it as this is a diary and factual book. The language was also commonly used by her students.*

*You may leave comments about this book, education, teaching, etc. even if you do not want to enter the giveaway.*

Giveaway: 1 Winner will receive a copy of this book.

The Rules:

1. Contest starts now and ends Monday Sept. 7th at midnight EST.
2. Open to US Residents only.
3. Winner will be chosen by Random.org.
4. Winner has 2 days to claim prize.
5. Have fun and tell your friends.

How To Enter:

For One Entry For Each Below: (please leave a separate comment for each entry)

  1. Sign up for this blogs RSS feed by email. Ill be checking!
  2. Leave a comment about one thing that a teacher did that made you feel more confident about yourself, or helped you in a subject you had difficulty learning. This can be about you or your child.
  3. Write a blog post about this contest. (let me know the link to your post)
  4. Leave a comment on my blog Brain Foggles (let me know which blog post please)
  5. Leave a comment on another post on this blog. (let me know the post please)
  6. Join this blogs Facebook Networked Blogs page found on the sidebar. (leave your Facebook name please).
  7. Follow me, ConnieFoggles on Twitter. (leave your Twitter ID please)
  8. Tweet this and leave your Twitter ID please: (You may tweet this once per day. Please comment for each tweet.)

Win the book Educating Esme @ConnieFoggles Read about an awesome teacher! http://tinyurl.com/m7covr PL RT

This giveaway was sponsored by Algonquin Books. By posting this I am entered to win a gift card. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.

Blog Giveaways 8/24/09

Check out these giveaways. I won two more this week. After not entering giveaways for a while, Im back and winning again. Go ahead and give them a try!

Ends tonight:

$25 Gift Certificate to McCormick and Schmicks Restaurant from BrainFoggles.

Ending 8/25:

Organic Juices and shirt from Sweeps4Blogs.

Earrings from Sweeps4Blogs.

James Patterson book from Sweeps4Blogs.

Ending 8/27:

$25 Gift Certificate to Andreas Beau from Brown Couch Events.

Seventh.Ink Tees and Gift Certificates from Brown Couch Events.

UV Skinz from Diana Rambles.

Baby Headband and Bow from Mommy Chic.

Ending 8/28:

Fiber One Gift Bag from oh hey! 3 Winners

Ending 8/29:

1114 Photograph from Hypnotransformations.

Ending 8/31:

WAT-AAH! Back-To-School Prize Pack from Runiations of Twenty Something Mama.

ShooShoos Baby Shoes from oh hey!

Blog Giveaways 8/20/09

Big announcement Back To School Giveaway at Three Boys and a Dog September 1st 12:01 am through September 30th 11:59 pm. Lots of prizes and fun! If you blog about it, add this button and RSVP, youre already entered to wina Casio Watch, a Roxio Photoshow and a Seagates FreeAgent Go Chrome SE drive.

More giveaways:

Ending 8/22:

Sunscreen for Infants from Loving Naturals.

Chakas mmm Sauce from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Oobas Sparkling Beverages from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Ending 8/23:

Ecosmart Insect Repellent from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Ending 8/31:

Seduce Me book from Found Not Lost.

UPrinting Rolled Canvas and Posters from Moms Focus on Cyber World.

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. I was able to nurse both of my daughters and will try my best to describe the joy I felt doing this. With my older daughter, I had to stop at four months because I had to take prescription medication that was harmful to her. I was heartbroken and even tried not to take the medicine but my health was at stake. With my younger daughter I nursed her for 13 months.

Breastfeeding symbol

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Breastfeeding is the best food for your baby. It has all of the nutrients needed and it helps baby to not get sick because of the antibodies in breast milk. I saved a lot of money because I didnt have to buy bottles, formula, and all of the things that go along with bottle feeding.

But for me, the boding with my daughters was the best. This is what is so hard to put into words. It makes me so emotional just thinking back on it and its been 9 years. Part of it is knowing that I was able to nourish my children from my body. That was empowering. But the bonding is the closeness I felt, the times when my daughters would look up at me and give me direct eye contact and I felt overwhelming love, the times when I could soothe them with nursing. I really didnt mind waking up in the middle of the night to nurse. It was our special time together. And theres nothing like it in the world.

Even eBay is taking part in Breastfeeding Awareness month by providing eBay Giving Works listings that support La Leche League. Go ahead and check these listings out.

La Leche helps women be prepared for breastfeeding and provides help and support during breastfeeding. With my first daughter, breastfeeding was a bit taboo. My doctor didnt tell me about it while I was pregnant and I didnt know anyone who nursed their children. But I happened to learn about La Leche during a college class. I was so intrigued that I went to a meeting while I was pregnant. The first meeting got me hooked. I believe it was meant to be.

Souplantation And Sweet Tomatoes Giveaway

*CONTEST ENDED. WINNERS ANNOUNCED.*

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes is celebrating the summer staycation by providing food from different places around the world and coupon discounts to a local attraction. You also get a special placemat, coloring and games for the children, and a $19.99 Family Dinner for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Right now, Italy is being featured. Some of the meals are Italian White Bean Salad, Classic Minestrone Soup, Three Cheese Tortellini Soup and Brushetti Foccaccia. August 17- 30 is Mexico. The Greece Menu is from September 1- 15 and Asia is September 17 29.

You can win prizes like Visa Gift Cards and Dining Passes by taking part in the Sweetie contests on Twitter and Facebook. Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes has information on this Culinary Trip for Your Tastebuds, including what attraction coupons are being offered, the menus for each cuisine, tips on finding Sweetie and a photo of Sweetie for you to use for yourself.

Giveaway: 10 Winners will receive a Buy One Get One Free Meal Pass (good for up to two pair of people) for either Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes. *Important these passes expire on August 31st.*

The Rules:

1. Contest starts now and ends Wed. August 19th at midnight EST.
2. Open to US Residents only.
3. Winner will be chosen by Random.org.
4. Winner has 2 days to claim prize.
5. Have fun and tell your friends.

How To Enter:
Mandatory Entry: Visit the Culinary Trip For Your Tastebuds website and leave a comment about what meal you would like to eat. Please don’t copy the comment above you. If this is not done, all other entries will not count.

For One Entry For Each Below: (please leave a separate comment for each entry)

  1. Sign up for this blogs RSS feed. (Only new followers)
  2. Leave a comment about what you like about Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes restaurants.
  3. Write a blog post about this contest. (let me know the link to your post)
  4. Leave a comment on my blog Brain Foggles (let me know which blog post please)
  5. Leave a comment on another post on this blog. (let me know the post please)
  6. Join this blogs Facebook Networked Blogs page found on the sidebar. (leave your Facebook name please).
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Blog Giveaways 8/6/09

Very sorry for neglecting to post giveaways on my blog recently. As some of you know I was away in Kansas for my daughters wedding. I tried to blog, but this important day took precedence. I hope that you can understand and I think you will :)

Ending Today (8/6):

The Peter Yarrow Songbook Hardcover Book and CD from Sweeps4Bloggers.

The Fixer Upper book from Sweeps4Bloggers. 5 Winners!

Ends 8/7:

Soulmate book from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Blue Like Play Dough book from Lost Not Found. Open Worldwide!

Snikiddy Snacks from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Ends 8/8:

I Can See You book from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Candy Rose Stuffed Bear and Simplicity Pattern from Captive Illusions Giveaways.

Zola Acai juices, smoothies, cooler, bracelet from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Jpat Purse from Audreys Give Aways.

Chicken Dance childrens book from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Ends 8/9:

Barbar Flat Iron from Sweeps4Bloggers.

Ends 8/13:

A Kid’s Sized Reusable Shopping Bag and a Set of 3 Washies from Natural Baby Goods.

Ends 8/14:

Glade Gift Pack from Frugal Freebies.

Ends 8/31:

$100 SpaFinder Gift Certificate from Aprils Little Family.