Rafe Esquith teaches fifth grade at Hobart Elementary
School in Los Angeles and has achieved considerable fame for his
methods. Every year his students put on a play by Shakespeare.
Esquith is noted for emphasizing the arts and the love of learning.

He is also recognized as a model by the founders of the KIPP
charter chain. In
this post
, Andrea Gabor reviews Esquith’s latest
book–“Real Talk for Real Teachers”–and notes what KIPP learned
from Esquith, but more importantly, what it did not learn. Esquith
believes in teaching as a career, not a temporary way-station. He
believes that the journey is more important than the end result. He
knows he will not succeed with every single child. He looks askance
at KIPP’s behavioral techniques.