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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling 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!
©2007 Rafe Esquith; (P)2007 Recorded Books
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By Thomas Keeler on 11-14-10

Inspiring even if not what it claims to be

This is a very inspiring account of putting the creation of a classroom community and the building of character first in a way that brings amazing dividends in student growth. The author does not tell you that he is teaching a gifted class of Mexican and Asian immigrants but let's you think that he is dealing with all o the problem that a teacher of inner city youth deals with. Still, I came away with dozens of ideas for my 4th, 5th and 6th classroom by listening to this book.

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By Michael on 12-22-16

I wish I had read this book at college.

Rafe takes you through a magical and captivating journey that will inspire the mind and touch the heart. What a book!!!

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