The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child

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Hyperion, Apr 16, 2003 - Education - 224 pages
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When Ron Clark walked into his fifth-grade class in rural North Carolina, he was confronted with a tremendous challenge. The children had little interest in learning, and were sorely lacking in guidance. How would he transform a group of apathetic kids into disciplined, thoughtful, and curious students? He quickly realized that they needed to learn some basic rules.

Clark compiled a list of 55 lessons, and soon, his fifth-grade students--who once struggled to read at the third-grade level--were reading at the sixth-grade level . . . and loving it. What's more, they were gaining something crucial-self-respect. Those 55 lessons evolved into what Clark calls The Essential 55--guidelines for living and interacting with others.

The Essential 55 will prepare parents and educators to teach students the rules for life--everything from knowing how to say thank you, to acing an interview.
 

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Review: The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

One of the most inspirational books a teacher can read at any point in his or her career! Ron Clark does a wonderful job telling his story in a way that makes teachers want to better themselves for their own students. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This guy has a lot of good ideas on how to teach children and then he has a lot of bad habits. Over 40% of the rules he has focus on manners and not specific classroom behaviors. And then there are ... Read full review

Contents

Responding to adults
1
Respect other students comments
9
If you are asked a question in conversation ask a question in return
16
Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and say excuse me
20
Do not show disrespect with gestures
21
Always say thank you when given something
24
When you receive something do not insult the gift or the giver
27
Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness
29
On escalators stand to the right
123
When walking in line keep your arms at your sides and move quietly
124
Never cut in line
127
No talking in a movie theater during the movie
129
Do not bring Doritos into the school building
131
If anyone is bullying you let me know
134
Stand up for what you believe in
137
Be positive and enjoy life
142

When grading other students papers give only the correct grade
42
Follow along when we read together in class
46
Answer all written questions with a complete sentence
50
Do not ask for a reward
54
You must complete your homework
56
When a substitute teacher is present
69
Keep yourself and the bathrooms clean
82
Do not save seats in the lunchroom
88
In a hotel room leave a tip for the hotel
102
If someone drops something and you
110
Live so that you will never have regrets
144
Learn from your mistakes and move on
146
No matter the circumstances always be honest
152
Carpe Diem
156
Be the best person you can be
158
A Few Tips for Dealing with Children
161
Tips for Setting Punishments and Rewards
181
InClosing
195
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About the author (2003)

Ron Clark has been a teacher since 1995 and has taught in the most difficult schools in North Carolina and Harlem. Since winning Disney's 2001 Teacher of the Year, he has spoken across the country to teachers, school boards and PTAs to share his 55 Rules. He lives in Atlanta.

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