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The winner of the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year Award presents some revolutionary ideas for the classroom: manners, industriousness and accountability. Many of the 55 rules Clark outlines read, at first, like excerpts from a 1950's primer: "If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return," says Rule 6; stand to the right on escalators, insists Rule 43; and rule 29 includes 26 sub-rules about polite eating. Clark may seem like a bit of a fussbudget, but closer examination shows his rules go beyond simple politeness: they promote respect for self and others, and help foster a mature and responsible way of living in the world. As Clark explains each rule, he weaves in anecdotes of student projects, class trips (including one to Washington, D.C., where his students sang Christmas carols with the Clintons) and instances in which the particular rule proved invaluable. Clark, a North Carolina native, writes with a warm, Southern friendliness, and his cogent explanations about why he created his rules and his closing tips on dealing with parents and children offer plenty of ideas and much-needed support. Teachers will have to be determined to succeed before any set of guidelines will have an effect in the classroom, he warns-and indeed, Clark's tireless dedication might be daunting to some. And while the content of his lessons is presented only vaguely, for inspiration, this book is a definite winner; it also makes a strong case that students lack only good teachers to achieve great things. Clark's slim but valuable volume will make a welcome addition to any teacher's library.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Clark's book is a handy blueprint for parents who want to equip their elementary- and middle-school children..." -- Time magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; Reprint edition (July 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786888164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786888160
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Clark has been a teacher since 1995. Originally from North Carolina, he has taught in some of the most difficult schools in the country, most recently in Harlem, New York. Since winning the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year Award, Clark has spoken to teachers, PTAs, and school boards across the country. He lives in Atlanta.

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135 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ron Clark teaches school. He has 55 rules of "engagement" for anything from good manners (Don't take the largest piece of pie, Always say Thank-You, Make Eye Contact) to rules of responsibility and deportment (Enter the field trip building silently, Do not talk in the movies, unwrap your candy before the film to keep from disturbing others.)
These rules teach his students to be polite and attentive, to understand if they don't hand in assignments, there will be consequences (even if the assignment is just a little blue card they have to return to him the next day.) But Ron is no martinet--he has weird rules (No Doritos, just because...and a funny story to make the rule amusing.) His War of the Onions against a sadly jealous fellow teacher is both hysterically funny and touching.
Ron Clark shows the world that kids anywhere can learn to be well-brought up and polite, that manners and rules help them succeed. He makes the very important point that a teacher is an important influence since he or she is with those kids for more time during the day than the parents.
This book is fun to read and is a great story. It is also a MUST-READ for any school teacher who wants to excel with their students and give them something of tremendous value to carry them through the rest of their lives with honor and grace--good manners and good behavior.
Bravo, Ron Clark!
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104 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Linda B Dunlap on April 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Manners, Respect and Discipline are the cornerstones of success in Ron Clark's classroom. In his first book, The Essential 55, he shares the secrets of that success. Disney Teacher of the Year, Ron Clark has the uncanny ability to instill fun and adventure into every learning opportunity. Daily he shares with his students an unbridled curiosity about the world! However at the start of their journey together, Ron conveys to the class the 55 essential expectations that he has for them. For example, he instructs them in how to give a firm handshake, look people in the eye, and eat properly using the rules of etiquette. His classes learn to respect themselves and others. Chart busting academic scores have been the result for his classes of low performing students from North Carolina to New York City. In The Essential 55 Mr. Clark provides guidelines for living both inside and outside the classroom. He exhorts young and old alike to embrace each day with heart and vigor, appreciate and encourage others and challenge themselves to achieve their potential. Read how Ron Clark convinces his students to seek lives of abundant adventure and fulfillment. I highly recommend this extraordinary book!
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291 of 365 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Where is the Smoking Gun website when you need them?

Since I am sure they are currently off debunking Frey's "A Million Little Pieces," it is my unhappy duty to inform potential buyers of this book that you are about to be had. While P.T. Barnum may say "There's one born every minute," I say as a teacher and a one-time school board member, "When you know something is wrong, fix it."

There is something wrong with this book.

Look at the subtitle. See "An Award-Winning Educator's Rules..."? Do you see anywhere that Mr. Clark's "Disney Teacher of the Year Award" was granted to him by his publisher? The listed publisher, Hyperion books, is a division of Disney. Go ahead. Take a minute and type Disney and Hyperion into any search engine. You will find that they are one in the same. A little shocking isn't it?

After reading "The Essential 55" today, I was absolutely stunned. Instead of the light list of feel good stories I expected, I was paraded past a whole host of teaching sins that would have gotten any teacher in America fired; except Mr. Clark. What magic defended this man who would use children as stepping stones to a publishing and speaking career? Fame, possibly?

It appears Mr. Clark began innocently enough when his students decided to raise $12,000 needed to place an ad in USA Today. They met little success until an "anonymous" donator footed the bill. The ad was printed with a question directed towards then President Clinton and the world. The response was huge. Along with the President, such luminaries as the Prime Minister of Canada and the cast of "Friends" sent in responses. So far, so good.

The success of this stunt led Mr. Clark to believe that he walked on water. And he did.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on September 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
It makes my skin crawl and my stomach turn that Mr. Clark won an award for his...''teaching''. I am equally appalled that this thing is given to those in teaching classes. Here is a list of things in this book I found despicable.

1.A little girl is excited about winnimg a set of books that she won fair and square for a test, but Ron rips it from her hands because she didn't say thanks within a three second period.

2.Clark encourages his student's to laugh at her for her ''mistake''.

3.With the help of his students, Mr. Clark places a rotting onion in a fellow teacher's room, and tells her it's a plant that is producing the smell. Of course, she throws the plant out.(Dose he really expect us to believe her name is BITTERman)?

4.Our teacher grinds up the onion and puts it in her air-freshner, so the foul smell is sprayed throughout the room.

5.Ronald tells his students a false story about his sister licking the cheese off the Dorito chips as they watched ''The Flintstones''. Because of this story, he dose not allow Doritos in the building. ''If they try to test me'' he says, ''I will walk over to them wearing a face of disgust, snatch the bag from the table walk over to the neareast trash can and bust the bag, sending chips all over the place''. If you don't believe me, go to rule # 47 to see for your self.

THE ESSENTIAL 55 is a poorly written, self indulgent book, an 'essential' for starting bonfires, but not recomended for anything else.
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