Essential 55

Essential 55

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

Book - 2003
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Already a bestseller in the US, this hugely practical book, by an extraordinary teacher, presents a collection of amazingly effective rules that every teacher can use in and out of the classroom. Based on many years trial and error, it will help turn even the most apathetic students from the toughest schools into top scholars. Essential reading for all teachers.
Publisher: New York, NY : Hyperion : 2003
ISBN: 9781401300012
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.

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.

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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