"Real Talk for Real Teachers" with Rafe Esquith

Education & Technology


Great Teachers
Many of us have stories of teachers who made a difference in our lives. Who was your favourite teacher? What teacher or teachers do you remember and do they stay with you?

I will never forget Miss Campbell, Mrs. McCalister, Mr. Maxwell, Mr. Pfaff and so many other teachers who had a huge impact on my life. So what makes a teacher a great teacher? Click on “comment” in the Voice Thread below and add your response using text, audio, and/or video.

Great teachers are professionals who put their students first before anything else. They are passionate about teaching and learning and never stop caring. Teachers are great because they not only work within the school system, but go beyond.

Are Great Teachers Fleeing the Professsion?
Rafe Esquire explains why many great teachers are fleeing the profession.

There are many teachers who do amazing things around the globe. One such teacher is Rafe Esquith.

Watch Educator-author Rafe Esquith on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.

Rafe Esquith
Rafe Esquith has been teaching for 31 years, the last 28 at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles. Despite language barriers and poverty, Rafe’s students go on to attend the finest colleges in the world.

Among Esquith’s numerous awards are The Disney American Teacher Award, Parents Magazine’s As You Grow Award, and Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award. Queen Elizabeth invested Rafe as a Member of the British Empire. In 2003, the President presented Rafe the National Medal of Arts. Rafe is the only teacher in history to receive this honor. He was recently given The Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama.

Esquith’s latest book, ‘Real Talk for Real Teachers’, is a national bestseller. ‘Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire’, a NY Times Bestseller has been translated into other languages all over the world. His earlier work, ‘There Are No Shortcuts’, led to the filming of the Award Winning PBS documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans.

Join Rafe Esquith in a conversation on WizIQ on September 5, 2013 at 7 PM EST. Check the exact time in your area.

Conversation with Rafe Esquith
Good teachers are becoming an endangered species. The System has taken away a teacher’s ability to create and make decisions in their own classrooms. The Common Core and other Orwellian nightmares have driven some of our finest educators out of the profession after years of dedicated and effective service.

This conversation will focus on how good teachers can continue to do a good job and have fun in spite of The System, and not because of it. Although he has been honored by Two Presidents, The Queen, and the Dalai Lama, the only thing of which he is proud is that he is in his 31st year as a public school classroom teacher.

Modestly Rafe says,

“I don’t have all the answers, but would love to share some of the things I do that have made Room 56 a place many teachers around the world call Mecca.”

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.


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