Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire by Rafe Esquith – A Discussion

photoReturning to teaching after a relaxing seven weeks is going to be tough.  I wanted a bit of inspiration to get me through the end of holiday blues and this book did not disappoint.  It reminded me why I became a teacher and gave me some valuable advice.

Discussion notes;

*  Reminded me that in a classroom trust is the most important thing, everything else can be fixed (missing homework etc) but once trust is broken with students it is difficult if not impossible to regain.

* Rafe’s passion for reading and wanting his student’s to develop that same passion is inspiring – ‘reading is not a subject.  Reading is a foundation of life…’

* The book contains useful websites & book recommendations

* Helpful lesson ideas covering most subjects; Literacy, Numeracy, History, Science, Art

* Provides tips for helping students with studying for tests

A worthwhile read for all teacher’s, especially those returning to work after a long break.


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