Is this author just making stuff up?

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  1. miss-m

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    I'm re-reading "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire" and while it was inspiring the first time I read it, I'm now finding it a little unbelievable and borderline ridiculous.
    Is Esquith actually that good at his job that he has 5th graders reading and responding to "Of Mice and Men" or is he a little full of it?
     
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  3. readingrules12

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    I observed his classroom many years back. I did see him do a lesson with "Of Mice and Men", so that part is accurate. He puts in incredible hours a week into teaching. His students are incredibly well behaved, and some of that is that is his transitions from subject to subject were the lowest I have ever seen. He appeared very organized. I know I went back to my classroom and really worked on improving transitions after being in his classroom for several hours.

    Was his day completely all of those over the top incredible lessons? No. Some were both impressive and unique, and some were more ordinary from resources (textbooks) that he felt were good. I am sure the incredibly impressive lessons were spaced out over time. He was kind and very hospitable when I was there.

    He is in his 60s and is retired. There was an investigation of him engaged with inappropriate things that he said and did in the classroom. He denied all of these. None of them were proven true, and his name was cleared and he did receive a small settlement. How much is true or not, I sure don't know. His name being cleared might say something though.
     
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