Real Talk for Real Teachers

Real Talk for Real Teachers

Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!”

Rafe Esquith

Additional Formats
  • ePub
  • ISBN 9781101622872
  • 336 Pages
  • Viking Books
  • Adult


The New York Times–bestselling author and world-renown teacher offers no-nonsense wisdom for teachers of all ages

There’s no one teachers trust more to give them classroom advice than Rafe Esquith. After more than thirty years on the job, Esquith still puts in the countless classroom hours familiar to every dedicated educator. But where his New York Times bestseller Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire was food for a teacher’s mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers is food for a teacher’s soul.

Esquith candidly tackles the three stages of life for the career teacher and offers encouragement to see them through the difficult early years, advice on mid-career classroom building, and novel ideas for longtime educators. With his trademark mix of humor, practicality, and boundless compassion, Esquith proves the perfect companion for teachers who need a quick pick-me-up, a long heart-to-heart, or just a momentary reminder that they’re not alone.



“The most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country.” – The Washington Post
“Rafe Esquith is a genius and a saint.” – The New York Times
“One of those magical teachers.” —Los Angeles Times
“Esquith is a modern-day Thoreau, preaching the value of good work, honest self-reflection and the courage to go
one’s own way.” Newsday
“Politicans, burbling over how to educate the underclass, would do well to stop by Rafe Esquith’s fifth-grade class.” – Time
Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire . . . offers practical advice for teachers and parents.” —USA Today
"Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire," the second entry from the renowned Los Angeles educator, offers an hour-by-hour account of techniques that have helped his poor urban students excel for nearly 25 years. It is a volume that rebuts every pundit who doubts the wisdom of investing in troubled schools, but balances it with a vivid reality check for those who underestimate the difficulty of the task… If only more of us could fire up our inner Esquith.” – Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“From the moment I entered Rafe Esquith’s fifth grade classroom, I knew it was a special place.” —Bill Whitaker, CBS News
“Rafe Esquith is a trail-blazing, fast-talking fifth grade teacher.” —NPR, “All Things Considered”
“If you could distil the essence of Rafe Esquith, bottle it and sell it to school districts hungry for master teachers, you’d no doubt make millions. [Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire] should be required reading for all teachers, especially those whose passion for the profession has cooled.” —Dallas Morning News