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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire: The Methods and Madness inside Room 56 Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rafe Esquith Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author Rafe Esquith, the only teacher to receive the National Medal of Arts, has garnered the American Teacher Award and numerous other honors. Still teaching fifth graders in a small, leaky classroom in downtown Los Angeles, Esquith fosters a wholesome climate where character, humility, and diligence matter and support is unconditional. For his mostly poor and Hispanic students, Esquith models two maxims: Be nice and work hard and there are no shortcuts. And his students thrive! Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Rafe Esquith is a genius and a saint. The American education system would do well to imitate him. These children’s lives have been changed by their year with this man.”

    New York Times

  • “Esquith is a modern-day Thoreau, preaching the value of good work, honest self-reflection, and the courage to go one’s own way.”


  • “Throughout each school day, Esquith teaches life skills: how to think about problems, how to plan a strategy to solve them and, most important, how to work together and be nice to each other. While his goals are inspiring, he’s also practical—most chapters include affordable, how-to directions for a variety of his most effective classroom activities; he’s even got a few tips for revamping those inescapable ‘test prep’ sessions.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This practical how-to book is a guide for new teachers and a revitalizer for frustrated professionals. James Yaegashi’s performance is full of the zest that has won Esquith accolades from fans as diverse as Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama.”


  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Erik | 2/19/2014

    " Some of his advice falls in the category of "very good but I am already trying to do it", while the rest falls in the category of "Does not apply" Worth reading once for the new teacher just for an additional perspective from an accomplished teacher but I have no reason to ever crack it open again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Krystin | 2/19/2014

    " Has some really good ideas and some far fetched ideas. Either way, it was an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Kelli | 2/18/2014

    " I learned a few things from this guy. And he is enthusiastic about his students, who rise to the high bar he sets. Chapter two, "Searching for Level VI," is especially good. An admirable true story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Tanisha | 2/10/2014

    " You don't have to be a teacher to appreciate the ideas, beliefs and insight in this book. I found quite a few things that I will use to help my son. I think it would benefit any parent of a young child to read this book. "

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About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. His voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.