Category Archives: Rafe Esquith

Real Talk For Real Teachers & The Invisible Gorilla

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 1.05.23 PMThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere was prompted by two occurrences that happen to be interconnected. First, as parents and teachers prepare for the rigors and rituals of children returning to school after the summer recess, Norman B talks with Rafe Esquith, who documents his 30-plus years of teaching experience in Real Talk for Real Teachers”. Then, with education in mind, Christopher Chabris, co-author of The Invisible Gorilla joins the program to explain why our brains often do not see the obvious. Such as the deliberate and the not-deliberate spelling mistakes we here at Life Elsewhere made in two recent email blasts.

Rafe Esquith’s offers interesting and some might suggest controversialScreen Shot 2014-08-11 at 1.06.15 PM teaching ideas for not only educators but also parents. Mr. Esquith, also authored the New York Times bestseller, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. Norman B cites examples of not realizing mistakes, including his own spelling faux pas. Christopher Chabris helps us understand the complexities of how we evaluate and learn, which is the focus of his book.

Also in the program, The Hit That Never Was, featuring a rambunctious and rare reggae cut.

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Back To School

It’s that time of the year again, summer is almost over and talk of education begins to filter into conversation as schools reopen. A perfect opportunity for Life Elsewhere to delve into the topic of learning. First up, Norman B chats with Rafe Esquith, who’s book Real Talk for Real Teachers,has just been released in paperback. Mr. Esquith, author of the New York Times bestselling, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire has 30 plus years of experience as a classroom teacher in Room 56 at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles. His knowledge and exemplary teaching skill is matched by his honest and often controversial pronouncements, such as, “Thomas Jefferson was wrong about something big!” This will be a thought-provoking interview, you won’t want to miss.

In the second half of the program, education emerges again as Norman B tackles a real-life conundrum. Recently, we sent out an email blast, promoting an upcoming edition of Life Elsewhere. Unfortunately, there was a glaring spelling mistake. No one saw it, until the moment the send button was hit. Even more peculiar, not one of our recipients made mention of the mistake. Was it hidden in plain sight, so obvious, no one saw it? How is it possible that a conspicuous spelling mistake could go unnoticed by so many eyes? To answer these questions and more, Christopher Chabris, co-author of The Invisible Gorilla will join the program. His book helps us understand why and how our brains miss the obvious. Norman B will ask Mr. Chabris what we can do to inoculate ourselves from everyday illusions, especially cringeworthy, spelling mistakes.

We encourage you to share your thoughts and questions on both these topics by sending an email to info(at)

Plus, you’ll hear the latest Hit That Never Was, selected by a listener.  Send us your suggestion, we would love to know what it is? Send it to hitthatneverwas(at)life

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