One of my great enjoyments in life is reading. There is nothing like being able to curl up with a good book in a comfortable chair while sipping a good wine. Reading is so special for me that I plan those days where I can do just that. I find it is important to have these quiet “me” times, as I feel It recharges my batteries after days of being busy. Let me tell you about the latest book that I have read. It is called “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus. A fascinating read based on true events that took place in 1875 but is related through fictional diaries. An inspirational book to sit with and contemplate the strength of our pioneer sisters. They fought to be themselves and often were humiliated and tortured because they refused to be anything else but themselves. A great read to be able to appreciate those who came before us and at great sacrifice, helped us all to get where we are today.
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”
― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life
Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56, about a 5th grade teacher (Rafe Esquith) at a public school in Los Angeles and his selfless, limitless devotion to the future of his students, is a very inspiring book. Although I know it is difficult to find (and much less become) someone like Rafe Esquith, who devotes all his time and money to teaching, he has many tips and anecdotes to help us all become better teachers, parents and educators. This is a book that should be a “must-read” for teachers of all grades and a great resource for parents alike.
I’m not sure how I ended up reading this book, but since then, it has become somewhat of a reference book for me. I have given it to my children’s teachers as a gift and have recommended it to anyone who will listen!
Be sure to look at Rafe Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans official site and you may be inclined to support his cause. Also, here is a YouTube video of a speech he made that gives you a great idea of the way he educates his students and the effect he has on their futures.