Essential 55

Essential 55

An Award-winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hyperion : 2003
ISBN: 9781401300012
1401300014
Branch Call Number: 371.102 C549e
Characteristics: 196p

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Jul 28, 2015

Excellent book. Great aid to teach modern kids tried and true methods of being civilized and respectful of their elders, each other, and to be a success in today's world, no matter what their choice of vocation. Mr. Clark is truly an inspiration to me, in addition to his students, past and present.

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amagee2011
May 20, 2015

As a pre-service teacher, I fell in love with Ron Clark by learning about his story and teaching methods. I had high expectations for this book- and it met them all and more! I believe this book is not only for teachers but all adults. It has made me a better person by teaching me manners and life lessons. I also hope this book will shine a light on the weird and random behaviors teachers deal with on a daily basis.

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Sep 16, 2010

I ended up seeing this book one day at the library several years ago and I think I at least flipped through it and read some of the rules.

I remember some of "Rule 9 Always say thank you when given something" enough though he had to take away an award or reward that a child had earned through competition. I thought through what he had mentioned that he shoouldn't have actually be allowed even as a teacher to take back the award or reward as the girl had *earned* the award or reward.

However, I have noticed that if at least for me, if I do not say thank you in about 5 seconds, it becomes hard to say, "Thanks," or "Thank you."

As Canadians, according to the cliche, we usually say, "Thanks" (or "Thank you,") and if I feel that someone has helped me, what does a "Thanks" cost me, really if the person has helped me? (Probably only 2 seconds.) Although I distinguish between the "Thanks" as casual and "Thank you" which is more formal, and I tend to use it as a sign of bigger appreciation than the former word.

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