THE RON CLARK STORY
Ron Clark has been a teacher since 1995. Originally, from North Carolina, he has taught in some of the most
difficult schools in the country, including Harlem, NY.
Since winning the 2001 Disney Teacher of the Year Award, he has spoken to
teachers, PTAs, and school boards across the country.
Ron Clark wrote the book The
Essential 55, which is a collection of the amazing effective rules that Ron
Clark used to become an extraordinary teacher. Through trial and error, this
teacher has distilled fifty-five ideas that have helped him take apathetic
students in some of the country’s most challenging areas and transform them
into award-winning scholars.
Here are some of the ideas that he says are essential for kids to learn:
Make eye contact; Respect other’s ideas and opinions; Do not
save seats; Say thank you within three seconds of receiving something; When you
win, do not brag; when you lose, do not show anger; Do your homework each and
every night without fail; Do not talk in a movie theater; Be the best person
you can be; Always be honest; If you are asked a question in a conversation,
ask a question in return; Perform random acts of kindness; Learn the names of
all the teachers in the school and greet them; If someone bumps into you, even
if it was not your fault, say excuse me; Stand up for what you believe in.
Currently, Mr. Clark is working for the fall of 2007
opening of The Ron Clark Academy, a new school serving low-wealth students from
The privately-funded institution will truly be unique for its innovative
teaching methods and curriculum based on worldwide travel. Each year the
students, grades 5 through 8, will apply what they've learned in class during
international adventures, and by the time they graduate each child will have
visited six of the seven continents. Teachers from around the world are invited
to visit the Academy to learn more about the innovative and
"out-of-the-box" methods for achieving student success.
Click on Video at the bottom of the web page.
Other videos about Ron Clark.
Rap Lessons Ron Clark uses.
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first scenes, what made Ron Clark want to start teaching?
did Ron Clark leave North Carolina and go
to Harlem in New York City?
did Ron Clark want to meet in Harlem before he started teaching at Inner Harlem Elementary
was his Rule #1?
did Ron Clark do when the students trashed his classroom?
playground game did the students teach Ron Clark?
did Ron Clark motivate the students to watch his grammar lesson?
two other motivational methods that Ron Clark used in his classroom.
did Ron Clark use to help the students learn about the Presidents of the United States?
one thing that Ron Clark did after school was out for the day to help some
were the results of the state exam that Ron Clark’s students took?
are two things that you think really made a difference in Ron Clark’s
classroom that helped the students be very successful.