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

Esmé Raji Codell
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"Even if I fail, I have to try and try. It may be exhausting, but that is beside the point. The goal is not necessarily to succeed but to keep trying, to be the kind of person who has ideas and see them through."
Part I, "July 7," p. 8


"Ismene taught me basics: Ignoring bad behavior as long as you can stand it. Maintaining quiet lines. How a soft voice can be more effective than a loud voice. Starting out with positive comments to parents before lowering the boom. Waiting patiently for children to answer questions."
Part I, "July 23," p. 17


"This is my destiny, to have this group of children before me. As they were growing, aging to be fifth graders, I was training, and now we meet, in this unique place and time. The moment felt holy."
Part I, "September 18," p. 26


"Esther hasn't fist-fought anyone since she's been in...

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