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Good Reading For A Snow Day


Snowed in and looking for something good to read? Check out Jay Mathews' uplifting profile of what sounds like an amazing teacher in LA (America's Best Classroom Teacher).

The teacher, Rafe Esquith, has a new book out, Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire, and has been profiled by NPR in the past (Inner-City Teacher Takes No Shortcuts to Success).

Mathews points out that most big-name teachers have left the classroom (though not Jason Kamras, I'd point out -- he went back, last I heard). He also says that Esquith disagrees with KIPP folks like Mike Feinberg (who was interviewed here recently), but doesn't say exactly how.


On the subject of big name teachers leaving the classroom, one notable exception is 2003 national teacher of the year Betsy Rogers, who was featured recently in a Christian Science Monitor story reporting on her work at one of Alabama's most challenged elementary schools. She also keeps a blog on that work, "Brighton's Hope." http://tln.typepad.com/tln_betsyrogers/

thanks, john -- i forgot about her. mathews would argue that his list was only about teachers who had movies made about them, but it's still great to know that some 'star' teachers stay where they are.

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