6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is An Awesome Book!!!,
This review is from: Educating Esmé: Diary of a Teacher's First Year (Paperback)
I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Esme yesterday at a Professional Development meeting here in Chicago! I found her to be very creative, honest,bold and just...wonderful! Those who feel that her book focuses too much on her and everything that she is doing correctly are missing the point. It's her DIARY! It's supposed to be all about her and her viewpoint. As a first year teacher, I admre her boldness and "smugness" if you will. I don't know that I would've had the courage to say things the way that she said them to her administrators, but I am definitely one that believes in standing up for yourself. For new teachers, my experience has been that people will test you! It's bad enough that the kids do it, but the grown-ups in school systems can be 10 times worse than the kids! You have to find THE most professional way possible to let them know that you're not having it! If you don't, you'll be the punching bag of the administration and some of the current teachers who are jealous of the fact that a "first year" teacher is coming in and doing a better job than they are when they've been teaching since God was a boy! I applaud Esme for bringing this out! It's not egotistical. It's REAL.
You go Esme!!!