ERIC Number: ED433328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year.
Codell, Esme Raji
This book presents the uncensored diary of a young, beginning elementary school teacher. She started teaching in an inner-city, Chicago public school, where gangs attacked her class and her own students stabbed a substitute with a pencil. The most trying challenges she faced were from administrators who questioned her unconventional techniques (such as dancing with students, roller skating in the hallways, and creating a historical time machine from an old refrigerator), even after she sharply improved her students' standardized test scores and won a prestigious teacher award. The author prettifies nothing about her frenetic, often frustrating first year. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Diaries, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Journal Writing, Public Schools, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Schools
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, P.O. Box 2225, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2225; Tel: 919-967-0108; Fax: 919-933-0272; Web site: www.algonquin.com ($17.95).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A