Rafe Esquith Discusses Behavioural Motivation in Discipline
Rafe Esquith has been called a “the most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country” by The Washington Post. Esquith teaches fifth graders at a public school in an L.A neighbourhood ridden with violence and crime. His classroom at Hobart elementary is safe haven for the children, who voluntarily come in at 6:30 am and will at time leave around 5:00 p.m. Esquiths teaching styles have gained massive attention and earned him the National Teacher of the Year Award, and won accolades from Oprah, the Queen and the Dalai Lama. He is the only teacher to have received the president’s National Medal of the Arts. He has authored three books, titled ‘Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire,’ ‘There Are No Shortcuts’ and ‘Lighting Their Fires.’
Esquith outlines his perspective on moral decisions. He shares with the audience the 6 levels of moral development. He believes that challenging students to comprehend and recognize the motivation behind action, self-discipline will increase. Understanding ethical behavior allows children to respect themselves and those around them.