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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esme Raji Codell Narrator: Esme Raji Codell Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2000 ISBN:
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Esmé Raji Codell has come to teach, and she's not going to let incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, or her own insecurities get in the way. As she puts it, she has Thirty-one children. Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. Everything they become, I also become. Codell's portrait of an inner-city elementary school is funny, poignant, and inspiring. Her struggle to maintain individuality in the face of bureaucracy and her defiant stand against mediocrity will reverberate in companies as well as classrooms everywhere. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Haws | 2/19/2014

    " extremely quick read. almost every page is underlined, bought it for Marj for her b-day. Just an amazing journal of Esme's first year of teaching in inner city Chicago in the late 1990's. Liz had to read it for required reading while getting her teaching certificate and sent it to me as a gift - it was great!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Krejci | 2/4/2014

    " I laughed and cried reading this book. It is one I could read again especially when I start my first year of teaching. It is open, frank, and funny. 5 stars is a must read from me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/31/2014

    " A great read for the teachers out there! It's nice to read a first year teacher's account that is frank and not sugarcoated. There are also some excellent lesson ideas. I used the Division Cha-Cha in with my third graders. They liked being able to do something different and also remembered the steps in long division. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jae | 1/30/2014

    " This truly is a diary of Esme's first year teaching in a public school -- I'd expected it for some reason to be more of a memoir, but it was a day by day journal of her year, most entries less than two pages. There was not a great deal of reflection about her experience, but I really liked the descriptions of her students and her lessons. She seemed like a dedicated and very creative teacher, and this diary was funny and moving as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Quarne | 1/30/2014

    " very interesting account of a first year teacher, i would reccommend this to anyone considering becoming a teacher, or actually ...to anyone... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 1/22/2014

    " This is probably my favorite book ever about teaching! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael Nolan | 1/19/2014

    " I'm in love with this woman!!!! Esme has a lot of amazing ideas and just reading about her first year of teaching has gotten me even more excited about my first year! Every pre-service teacher, veteran teacher, administrators, and even parents should read this! You can learn a lot from everything she went through! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megs | 1/13/2014

    " so good. so real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 1/9/2014

    " Esme handles her first year of teaching with guts and creativity. I admire her determination to improve the lives and education of her students. Plus, she offers a ton of great ideas on how to make learning fun for kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becki | 12/29/2013

    " Wish I had a teacher like this. Good ideas for you young teachers out there!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 12/27/2013

    " funny, warm, hearfelt... a great read for any one who plans in interacting with teachers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 12/26/2013

    " One of my favorite books about education. An inspiring book for anyone and especially for educators. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jana | 12/25/2013

    " I heard her read from her book on an NPR special. She is delightful. It's a fun read about an inspired and dedicated teacher who manages to fight the red tape and foolish administrators to actually teach and inspire her young students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alethea Campbell | 12/24/2013

    " Emotionally provoking and honest book about a teacher's first year of teaching. I loved it, even shed a few tears. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerilyn | 12/13/2013

    " Quirky, enthusiastic teacher's first year of teaching told with humor. Shows how an effective way of teaching can be squashed by administrators because it is "different." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 12/3/2013

    " It's no wonder most teachers can't thrive with all the beaurocracy. I applaud and admire Esme and put her in the same category of courageous along with Jaime Escalante, John Taylor Gatto, and Marva Collins. Why are the best teachers rejected? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 *tarazza | 12/1/2013

    " "Thirty-one children. Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. It's an almost psychotic feeling, believing that part of their lives belong to me. Everything they become, I also become. And everything about me, they helped create." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Litzenburg | 9/6/2013

    " A bit too 'rose-colored' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Prout | 8/31/2013

    " If you want to know what it's like to teach in Chicago Public Schools, this is your book. Hysterical and sobering at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 2/20/2013

    " We get it - you're an awesome teacher. If this self-congratulatory diary is hard to relate to does that mean I'm a crappy teacher? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle R. | 1/15/2013

    " Interesting. Writer had an off-putting tone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/18/2012

    " This was written about the author's first year of teaching. I related to the story because of my own experiences as a teacher. For anyone who isn't a teacher, it is a well written insight into the rigors of the job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/2/2012

    " This diary is a candid account of a free-spirited teacher's first year. It opens a window to the good the bad and the ugly of teaching in an honest and refreshing way. A must-read for anyone considering working in education. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wcbeirs | 8/2/2012

    " Cute..witty..fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlo | 7/1/2012

    " "Oh well, you can't have everything...just everything that counts." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Rathbun | 6/8/2012

    " Honest, insightful, passionate, creativie, caring, emotional - Esme is a great teacher and communicator. I love how much she loves books! I do wish I knew how she did her multiplication mambo because I don't enjoy math and I'm really bad at dancing. (Some bad language.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichol | 5/25/2012

    " Such a great book for any teacher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/3/2012

    " If you ever wondered AT ALL about being a teacher... this is it! I do NOT teach elementary, I teach middle school and while there are a few fundamental differences, the rest is just details. This diary gives me a little more courage when I am so exhuasted I am having trouble caring at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 7/6/2011

    " If this book doesn't make you cry, laugh, laugh until you cry, and want to be a better teacher, the profession isn't for you. It's perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 6/16/2011

    " As I read this I wonder if I actually have the energy to be an elementary school teacher. The author's a little nuts, but I recognize many of the same strategies that the best teachers I've worked with used. I'm not sure how factual the whole story is, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiki | 6/5/2011

    " You should read this if you are interested in the future of public education. I'd love to meet Esme - she seems like the teacher you would all want to teach your children. It's a quick read, too! But be prepared, it really tugs at the heartstrings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 4/30/2011

    " I loved this book--Madame Esme knows when to treat children like adults and when to treat adults like children. Every teacher and parent should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 4/26/2011

    " I'm a sucker for teaching memoirs..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/23/2011

    " This diary gives an awesome and detailed insight of a teacher's first year and the battles she faced. I loved how Esme never backed down. Definitely a good read for professional development! I loved how she kept it real throughout the book...she didn't sugar coat a thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kfernand | 4/5/2011

    " A quick read with lots of funny anecdotes. Esme is determined and proactive as a first year teacher. Her creative approach is inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 2/23/2011

    " As a first year teacher I really liked the book, but I didn't like the frequent use of bad language. It was inspiring though and gave some fun ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 2/18/2011

    " Funny and uplifting. Teachers need to be paid more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Knowledgefirst.jones | 2/11/2011

    " Exactly what I needed to read to be inspired during my first year of teaching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/8/2011

    " I read this years ago when I was going through my "teacher" book phase. I don't remember much about it EXCEPT that I really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 1/21/2011

    " This is probably my favorite book ever about teaching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/17/2011

    " Really great story about a teacher's first year in a Chicago Public School. Esme Codell is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kimmie | 1/17/2011

    " I read this book as part of my Master's class. It was really good; this chick is such a creative teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/13/2011

    " It is a good read for any fellow teachers out there, especially first year teachers. It has individual stories that range from funny to sad...but that's the reality of teaching. "

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