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Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Summary
Esmé Raji Codell

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Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Summary

Plot Summary

Educating Esme reproduces the journal of Esme Raji Codell, a first-year teacher at an urban Chicago elementary school. Codell describes her day-to-day feelings and impressions, dealing with difficult children as well as a difficult principal and administration.

At age twenty-four, Codell is invited to work at a new public school by principal Mr. Turner. After a period of administrative work, she will teach the fifth-grade. Even at this early stage, Codell butts heads with Mr. Turner, who is a pompous, demanding, and shortsighted man.

Codell is very ambitious, and an initial proposal for an elaborate Fairy Tale Festival is rejected by a school committee. The first day of school begins. Most of Codell's students are black. She institutes several innovative teaching methods, such as calling Math "Puzzling" to allow students to view the subject with a fresh perspective.

Undeterred by her failure with the Fairy Tale Festival, Codell...

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