Rafe Esquith is coming to Thailand on 10-11 October 2011 to talk to Thai teachers and the public during the Thai Book Expo at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. He will talk about his experiences of almost 30 years of teaching at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles. His book, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire (2007) is a bestseller around the world and it is going to be translated into Thai by Quality Learning Foundation (QLF).
Rafe Esquith has a distinctive point of view — a very strong one – about educating children of immigrants.
Esquith leads his class of fifth graders through a challenging curriculum of English, mathematics, geography and literature. He inspires them with cross-country trips to learn history. At the end of each semester, every student performs in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Despite language barriers and poverty, many students these move on to colleges. Esquith has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) and the Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama.
Rafe Esquith will first discuss what he calls “the hardest thing about teaching” that is how do we teach our kids to have honor when they are surrounded by dishonor? How can we teach our kids to be kind when the world is mean? He will then discuss the idea that we must be the people we want our kids to be. We must teach by example and not by lecture.
In a second talk, he will talk about how we can we motivate kids by making our lessons relevant. Most kids never know WHY they are in school! He will discuss the importance of art in school. He will also seek to encourage teachers to put themselves in the midst of the kids in the classroom. “If you are a good cook, cook with the kids!”
For more information about Rafe Esquith, visit http://www.hobartshakespeareans.org/