Anthony Rebora
Managing editor, Education Week Teacher
www.edweek.org/tm www.teachersourcebook.org
Featured Guests
Rafe Esquith has been teaching at Hobart Elementary School in
Los Angeles for 28 years and is the author o...
An on-demand archive of this
webinar is going to be available at
www.edweek.org/go/PDarchives
within 24hrs.
As a participant of this webinar, you have earned
a certificate of completion from Education Week
PD Webinars. Participant...
‘Real Talk’ on Teaching with
Rafe Esquith
I. We are the role model
 Teachers must be the people we want kids to be
 Your class will follow your example – slowly, but
surely
 Do not let d...
II. Help students internalize
good behavior
 Give students opportunities to take charge of
their own behavior
 Avoid bullying language: Be firm, but fair and
logica...
III. This is a long journey
 Teachers: Slow down! (In spite of our fast-food
society)
 A district-assigned curriculum? Usually
impossible
 Be alert...
IV. Practice tough love
 Students should know the consequences of
unacceptable behavior
 Don’t be afraid to leave some children behind
on occasi...
V. Keeping It Real
 Most kids misbehave
because they are
bored or feel
disconnected
 Making connections:
A great way to manage
a classroom
...
Huck Finn
http://youtu.be/weIVetXxIss
VI. Go After the Middle
 Teachers spend too much time with brilliant or
incorrigible students
 The Middle: The incredible kids who no one
notice...
Caliban clip
http://youtu.be/nsiu2hW29yk
VII. Music, Music, Music
In a world where kids cannot seem to focus
anymore, music is the great focuser.
VIII. Trying New Things and
Taking Chances
 Add one thing to your instructional program
every year
 To freshen your practice, watch as many great
teachers as you c...
IX. Collaborate with Other Great
Role Models
 As you grow as a teacher, ask for help.
 Slowly, but surely, you will find people who can
help your class in ways you c...
X. Bring Yourself to the Classroom
 Be yourself!
 Too many teachers are so crushed by the System,
they forget to be themselves
 Pick something you love to...
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Title: ‘Real Talk’ on Teaching With Rafe Esquith

Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, 4 to 5 p.m. ET

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There's no use sugar-coating it: Whether you are a novice or seasoned veteran, teaching can be both demanding and discouraging. Disruptive students, stubborn parents, unsupportive administrators, seemingly senseless instructional mandates, demoralizing media coverage—all are part of the job. Even so, world-renowned educator and author Rafe Esquith believes that teachers can thrive in their classrooms and in their lives. In this webinar, Esquith—author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire and the new book Real Talk for Real Teachers—will discuss how you can create an atmosphere of consistency and energetic purpose in your classrooms that generates excitement about learning and encourages student independence. Drawing on his own experiences, he’ll also offer advice on how teachers at any career stage can remain emotionally strong in the face of discouragement and frustration and continue to build relationships with students—which he says constitute “the most important data of all.”

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Final13 09-10-real talk with Rafe Esquith

  1. 1. Anthony Rebora Managing editor, Education Week Teacher www.edweek.org/tm www.teachersourcebook.org
  2. 2. Featured Guests Rafe Esquith has been teaching at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles for 28 years and is the author of the new book Real Talk for Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers From Rookies to Veterans: ‘No Retreat, No Surrender!’ Esquith is the only teacher to have been awarded the president’s National Medal of Arts. His other honors and awards include the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama, the American Teacher Award, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award, and People magazine’s Heroes Among Us Award. A widely known speaker, Esquith presented at the prestigious TED conference in 2012. His previous books include Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire and Lighting Their Fires.
  3. 3. An on-demand archive of this webinar is going to be available at www.edweek.org/go/PDarchives within 24hrs.
  4. 4. As a participant of this webinar, you have earned a certificate of completion from Education Week PD Webinars. Participants will receive their certificate via email within a week. If you do not receive a certificate, please send an email to webinars@epe.org for assistance.
  5. 5. ‘Real Talk’ on Teaching with Rafe Esquith
  6. 6. I. We are the role model
  7. 7.  Teachers must be the people we want kids to be  Your class will follow your example – slowly, but surely  Do not let disappointments or discouragement affect your attitude with your class IN RAFE’S CLASSROOM: I want kids to be nice and work hard, so I must be the nicest and hardest working person they know
  8. 8. II. Help students internalize good behavior
  9. 9.  Give students opportunities to take charge of their own behavior  Avoid bullying language: Be firm, but fair and logical  Help students learn from mistakes  Try not to talk too much
  10. 10. III. This is a long journey
  11. 11.  Teachers: Slow down! (In spite of our fast-food society)  A district-assigned curriculum? Usually impossible  Be alert for flashing yellow lights: Pace yourself Laugh with your students and laugh with yourself. This job should be fun.
  12. 12. IV. Practice tough love
  13. 13.  Students should know the consequences of unacceptable behavior  Don’t be afraid to leave some children behind on occasion  Ensure disciplined students know there’s a way out  Avoid showing emotion when disciplining  No student should believe he has power over your emotions – or your class
  14. 14. V. Keeping It Real
  15. 15.  Most kids misbehave because they are bored or feel disconnected  Making connections: A great way to manage a classroom IN RAFE’S CLASSROOM: Students know WHY they are doing something, instead of just WHAT they are doing All activities in Room 56 are relevant and directly connected to the children’s lives
  16. 16. Huck Finn http://youtu.be/weIVetXxIss
  17. 17. VI. Go After the Middle
  18. 18.  Teachers spend too much time with brilliant or incorrigible students  The Middle: The incredible kids who no one notices  Their development can be the tipping point in a successful classroom Never underestimate the power of simply paying attention and offering honest praise.
  19. 19. Caliban clip http://youtu.be/nsiu2hW29yk
  20. 20. VII. Music, Music, Music
  21. 21. In a world where kids cannot seem to focus anymore, music is the great focuser.
  22. 22. VIII. Trying New Things and Taking Chances
  23. 23.  Add one thing to your instructional program every year  To freshen your practice, watch as many great teachers as you can
  24. 24. IX. Collaborate with Other Great Role Models
  25. 25.  As you grow as a teacher, ask for help.  Slowly, but surely, you will find people who can help your class in ways you cannot. IN RAFE’S CLASSROOM: The kids see me go to wonderful experts for help. In asking for help and respecting experts, I model for them the exact behavior I hope they will internalize as students.
  26. 26. X. Bring Yourself to the Classroom
  27. 27.  Be yourself!  Too many teachers are so crushed by the System, they forget to be themselves  Pick something you love to do and incorporate it into your classroom IN RAFE’S CLASSROOM: Baseball, rock ‘n’ roll, and Shakespeare help me maintain my stamina and joy for teaching

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