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Ron Clark's Excellent 11
Transcript of Ron Clark's Excellent 11
Images from Shutterstock.com Literary Contributions Clark has written three books in his career. His first was "The Essential 55." The second broke that down to 11 and was called "The Excellent 11," and his third was called "The End of Molasses" where he gave 101 solutions for parents and teachers regarding education. We are going to go over our book, "The Excellent 11." Adventure Creativity "The Excellent 11"
by Ron Clark Ron Clark graduated college in 1994. Right away, he took a job in Aurora, North Carolina. After four years, he took an inner-city job in Harlem, New York. He then started the Ron Clark Academy, which is a non-profit private academy in Atlanta. Enthusiasm Enthusiasm is: IMPORTANT, Contagious, and serves a purpose! If you, as the teacher, are enthusiastic about learning, your students will be too!
Teacher talent show!
"It's one thing to have a lot of enthusiasm and energy, and it's another thing to use that spirit and attitude to make a difference.
Provide the best teaching environment to allow your enthusiasm to be effective!
"When we are active and truly enthusiastic about our lives and jobs, we are often much happier!" Adventure is:
Taking a risk Example:
Ron took 10 students to North Carolina. While in NC him talked the students into climbing a giant sand dune with him. Once to the top - Ron agreed with a student to roll down. The rest of the students followed, living in the moment!
(sometimes we as teaching need to remember what its like to be young & daring) Creativity is: REFLECTION!
"Learning from our mistakes and holding on to our memories helps us become deeper individuals with a better sense of who we are and how we choose to live our lives."
Ideas to try:
-Keep notes of what works and what doesn't - make improvements
-Have students keep a journal
-Keep samples of student work to later show their growth
-Record positive memories
-Reflection through memorization - quote on pg 91 Balance BALANCE
"There is so much going on in our lives, and many of us aren't taking the time to relax and find a way to create a reasonable balance that will allow us to fit in all the activities we want to be involved with."
-Balance instruction to meet different learning styles
-Balance between discipline, care, and fun
-Show compassion and kindness - be aware of classroom climate
-provide realistic punishments and follow through!
-Balance life with teaching - TAKE A BREAK! Compassion is: Example:
Ron noticed one of his students being picked on and bullied. He pulled her aside a few days and worked on a future problem for the class. The following day, he offered the class to get out of a homework sheet if the student answers correctly, after all of them worked on it for 5 minutes, he called on the student being bullied. She answered it correctly and became the hero! Confidence Confidence is: Believe in yourself to achieve greatness Humor Humor is: letting the kids know it's ok
to laugh at themselves! Common Sense Common sense is: Appreciation Appreciation is: Example:
Ron talks about how showing appreciation is kind and considerate. He talks about how he has his class set up his classroom with dinnerware, food, music, and a banner saying "we appreciate you" for the custodians. He explains how it is important for people to know you recognize their time and energy they put forth to help. Resilience is: Over enthusiasm leads to burn out Excites and inspires
Trying things in a new way Example: Ron read the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with his class. He tried to make the story come alive. He pretended that one of the characters came out of the book and was on the loose in the school. He set up clues around the school that students had to search for.
This creativity made the story come to life for students Experience leads to building confidence Example: Ron created a bulletin board called the "Pyramid of Pride" where the student with the highest score would be on top.
Ron also displayed pictures of his "Top Readers" in the hallway. All students could be on top, regardless of reading ability. Tips for new teachers
Fly under the radar
Turn to colleagues for help and support
Offer honey to the bear
Focus on your students Continuing to work and try new things even after exhaustion and defeat. Putting yourself in someone else's shoes Showing gratitude to those who help you Ron Clark reminds us that it's important not to take ourselves too seriously in certain situations. It's good to incorporate some laughter and good humor sometimes. It teaches kids that not everything in life needs to be strict and rigid; it also helps relate to kids at times. Ron did something that was pretty funny when giving handouts. He would often incorporate pictures with them, for example, if they were talking about moons, he may put a picture of Neil Armstrong. He started cutting out the famous person's face and putting in a random kid's face instead. The kids thought it was hilarious, loved it, looked for it in future handouts, and it inadvertently got them engaged. Ron uses many good examples of how to incorporate common sense into teaching. He basically highlights different strategies to teach things that we think the kids already should have mastered such as study skills, organization, and preparation.
These things may seem like common sense, but too many of us assume they are learned habits already, or maybe we just don't teach them because they aren't in the standards.