04 September, 2009

Educating Esme Review

Welcome to Esme Raji Codell’s diary of her first year teaching in a Chicago public school. Fresh-mouthed and free-spirited, the irrepressible Madame Esme – as she prefers to be called – does the cha-cha during multiplication tables, roller-skates down the hallways, and puts on rousing performances with at-risk students in the library. While battling bureaucrats, gang members, abusive parents, and her own insecurities, this gifted young woman opens a window into a real-life classroom.

Educating Esme is not so much a book as it is a published journal, and I really enjoyed that fact! It catered to my ADHD like no typical book does, where I can just read for 3 minutes if that’s all I’ve got the attention span for. The journal is by Esme Codell and is about her being a teacher, from being hired for her first class through that first year. She is sharp-tongued and smart and witty, and I really enjoyed it. There is a bit of language in the book, but that only makes it feel more real to me. Some parts made me laugh, others made me want to be a teacher, and others made me glad I’m not one. I altogether really enjoyed reading this!

At the end of the book, there is a section with advice and helpful hints for Elementary teachers, so if you are a teacher I would definitely recommend picking this book up!

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You can purchase Educating Esme by clicking here.


  1. You've got a great and quirky blog, everything from book reviews to minute rice. lots of fun!!!

  2. I can't even imagine all the stories to be told in this book!

  3. this sounds like a great read! been thinking of subbing..maybe I should look into getting it!

  4. Sounds like a great book and I love that she included tips for educators.

  5. that sounds like a great book. I am a fan of anything written about real life. I think its so inspirational!


  6. The book sounds fantastic!! You did an amazing job reviewing it. I love your blog!! Thanks for the book review and giving me something else to add to my MUST READ list.

  7. Sounds like a good read, I'll share it with mommies in my book club, too! Thanks!


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