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The Essential 55 by Ron Clark
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Jun 01, 2012

did not like it

Well, I'm not really sure what I expected when picking up this book, but it wasn't this. I checked it out of the library on a recommendation of a colleague - we are looking at a better way to teach core values to students, and she referenced this book as a good resource. Although I admire this teacher for what he did with the population in his classroom, his techniques do not carry over into other settings. Some of his rules are not even school related, and to be honest, were a little silly. I also wondered how much time this teacher spent teaching actual content while getting his students to master these 55 rules. For me, my take away from this book (which by the end I skimmed just to finish it) is that all students need to practice acts of kindness, and by doing that, respect for themselves and others will emerge. You don't need 55 rules to understand that.

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Michelle A few years ago our district brought Ron Clark to our opening day institute and the only thing I took away was that good teachers jump on tables. I couldn't read the book knowing I couldn't follow his presentation

Vicky Ugh, he's horrible!! I was at the library yesterday, and found another book by him! Not sure what I'm missing, but don't want to find out!

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