Ron Clark pinpoints what it takes to make a great student and shows that the qualities apply to both educating children and becoming a great teacher or parent. You'll find out what the characteristics are, why they work, and how you can incorporate them into your classroom, home, and life.
As he did with The Essential 55, Ron has filled this book with hundreds of suggestions, stories, and wonderfully funny anecdotes. You'll be smiling as you read and finding the inspiration to change lives, one student at a time.
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©2004 Ron Clark; (P)2004 Hyperion Audiobooks
"Advice that all teachers, but especially inexperienced ones, will find valuable and thought provoking." (Publishers Weekly)
As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for books that will help motivate and inform me - this book looked like a good "read". And initially it is. The stories are heartwarming and show what can happen when everything works right. Ironically, it is the overwhelming "happiness" quotient of this audiobook that becomes its downfall. Clark does not really deal with the tough issues of the classroom and indeed parenting. His examples have happy endings where children are always succeed. Is this the real world? I don't think so. I like Clark's basic message but he needs to temper it with overcoming failure - how does one move past a situation where nothing has worked? Clark's message, at its heart, is useful but needs to reach beyond the 1950's rose-colored glasses.
Administrations are enforcing stricter guidelines for what teachers can do with their students and their classrooms. Some of these "out of the box" ideas are fun and great, but my principal would never let us paint our own walls or furniture. I would use some of his ideas, but very few.
I understand that Ron Clark works in an elementary environment but I was hopeful that I would glean a few ideas to use in secondary ed. Not a whole lot that I'm either not already doing or just wouldn't work in a high school classroom.
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