I value children’s education, therefore I value teachers. After reading Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s 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 I’ve 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 won’t 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 ofÂ 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.*
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