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The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child Paperback – July 21, 2004
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"As long as you have the ability to learn, he can do anything with you--he can make you a star." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!
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.Read more ›
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This info is a guideline for what you should do in your classroom. 55 rules! I know, it seems like a lot, but most of this is broken down into the parts of the few rules we post... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kim
Ron Clark has a heart for his students! It is unfortunate that more districts don't embrace some of his ideas. Way and enjoyable read!Published 1 month ago by brenda
book was in excellent condition, as described. and arrived quickly! thank you <3Published 1 month ago by Amanda Furno
This book is essential for all teachers who want to run a classroom the created better people not just better students. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book for all teachers who need advice on setting up their classroom.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer