Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Esmé Raji Codell
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Chapter Abstracts

Part I: Pages 1 through 20

* Esme Codell, at age 24, has begun work at a new public school under Mr. Turner.

* For now, Codell must tolerate mundane administrative tasks instead of teaching.

* Mr. Turner is vain and insufferable, and Codell frequently butts heads with him.

* Codell's proposal for a "Fairy Tale Festival" is met with derision from the administrative bureaucracy.

* Codell's teaching mentor was Ismene Siteles, a stern but supportive teacher who recently died.

Part I: Pages 20 through 45

* Codell begins her first day as a fifth-grade teacher at the new school.

* The large majority of her students are black, with five Mexicans, one Pakistani, and one Philippina.

* Codell institutes several innovative teaching methods, like making a "Trouble Basket" for kids to put their troubles in, and calling Math "Puzzling" so kids aren't intimidated by the subject.

* A Columbus comic book is stolen, but is soon anonymously returned.

* Codell is horrified...

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