Hey Folks! I enjoyed a quick get-away with my husband last weekend to Newport, RI! My husband is attending the Naval Warfare College, so I hopped on a flight to join him.
It was beautiful!
The flight there allowed me the opportunity to finish this wonderful book! The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark.
I gotta say, when I was done reading it, I was EXHAUSTED! This man is a powerhouse of energy and vision.
Here are just a few of the things that stuck out in my mind:
#8: Be selfless with your contributions to the team
I like to think of myself as a team player, but once I heard the levels his staff goes, I realize I sway more towards slacker. Within the walls of my classroom, I am 100% in, but outside of my walls… I’m not so sure. I need to be more selfless with my contributions outside of my classroom… it is not all about instruction.
#9: Make it happen. Don’t give excuses; find solutions!
I loved this! Ron (like he is my BFF) says, “We all need to have that type of dedication and will to ‘make it happen’ when it comes to the education. There is a way for every child to understand every concept. There is a way to teach children to perform at the highest levels and there is a way to teach children to be good individuals who care about others..”
#40 Dress the Part
This is a hot topic in my school… Our dress policy does not permit jeans (only on a few days per year). We LOVE our jeans. However, reading Ron’s perspective on dressing the part, I can see his point…ERRR! Ron (again my BFF) states that when the staff dresses their best, student behaviors improve, parent’s tend to trust the teachers as leaders in the classroom, the teachers have a collective pride and pep in their step.
If you are wanting to laugh and cry simultaneously, this is a book for you. He is hilarious. It is hard to not to be caught up in his infectious passion.