The world wants to know: How does he do it? In his book Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire
, Rafe Esquith reveals the methods and madness of room 56 at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles. His class of fifth graders comes from the dangerous and poverty-stricken south central neighborhood of Los Angeles, and often English is not these kids' first language. Esquith's students are extraordinary, however; they arrive at school early and leave at 5 p.m., perform Shakespeare, play rock & roll, and learn. Esquith discusses his educational approach at 7 p.m. this evening at the Danforth Chapel on the campus of MICDS (101 North Warson Road, Ladue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com
); six of his current students demonstrate their talents as rock & rolling Shakespearians as well. Admission is free.
Wed., Jan. 9, 2008