Practical, innovative, and powerful methods to enliven classrooms and ignite a passion for learning in each and every child. It is time to “GET ON THE DESK” and make every school in America the absolute best it can be.
I often say I am a schoolteacher with the heart of a parent. I’ve made it my mission to make a difference in the lives of all of our children. I have traveled throughout our country, visiting schools in all 50 states, seeking out remarkable teachers who inspire our children to greatness.
Sadly, I have also witnessed classrooms that seemed sapped of all energy, filled with students struggling to stay awake and teachers in desperate need of inspiration. These “Molasses Classes” broke my heart.
I had to do something! I decided to leave my classroom in East Harlem, New York, and devote my time to this audacious dream: to create a revolution in our country, starting from the ground up. The heart of this change would be a school, unlike any in the world. It would be full of passion, creativity, energy, and an unparalleled freedom to do whatever it took to lead every child to success. The parents and teachers of this school would forge a true partnership with the intent of providing the best learning environment possible.
I am proud to say that dream — the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, is now a reality. We welcome educators from all over the world to visit and learn from our methods and techniques so that they may take them back to their schools. I am still teaching, every day, and I feel honored to have hosted more than 10,000 educators in my classroom.
This book is filled with the magic, the successes, the heartbreaks, the mistakes, and the triumphs that are the Ron Clark Academy. These are the 101 most successful strategies we have used to help uplift our children and enliven our classrooms. My hope is that you will find ideas here that will help you ignite a passion for learning in your children — and together we can get the molasses out of all our children’s classes.
Be different. Be bold. Join in.
— Ron Clark
101 INNOVATIVE AND CLASSROOM-TESTED WAYS FOR IMPROVING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS AND LEADING OUR CHILDREN TO GREATNESS
For PARENTS who want more for their children:
- TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO STUDY; don’t expect it to come naturally
- REALIZE THE POWER OF GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION
For TEACHERS who need strategies for helping every student achieve success:
- LOVE WHAT YOUR STUDENTS LOVE, whether it’s iCarly, Twilight, or Monday Night Football
- KIDS NEED TO MOVE; bring education to life with kinesthetic learning
- GET A DRUM FOR THE CLASSROOM and use music to excite, motivate, and inspire
For COMMUNITIES who hope to uplift every child and improve the education of our next generation:
- PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENCE; we have to be our best individually, but never forget that educating our children is a shared responsibility
- RECOGNIZE THAT THE HEART OF THE SCHOOL IS THE TEACHER; hire the best and never settle
Mandie’s Thoughts – I have to admit this book made me cry. Ron Clark is an amazing man and this is a book I’m going to hold on to forever. We have many of the same beliefs in education and while I homeschool I understand this is not an option for everyone. I completely support our educational system and love the fire and enthusiasm so many teachers have and think it should be nurtured.
There is a chapter called “Remind children of their blessings and stress the value of a strong work ethic”. This is just an all around amazing book. Education starts at home and Mr. Clark shows how child rearing concepts that help with success in school and how to work with your children’s teachers.
Mr. Clark and his school do so much in their community and really enrich their students’ lives. Truly amazing book and I can not recommend it enough.
Mandie Stevens is owner of Taking Time for Mommy online Magazine for Moms and the Time4Mommy Community