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Transcript of Ron Clark
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Clark, R. (2003). The essential 55: An award-winning educator's rules for discovering the successful student in every child. Hyperion Publishing: New York.
Starr, L. (2007). The essential 55: Rules for a lifetime. Education World. Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/chat/chat073.shtml
Winfrey, O & Clark, R. (2001). Phenomenal Man: Mr. Clark's Opus. retreived from http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Phenomenal-Man-Ron-Clark
Who is Ron Clark?
Ron Clark was born on New Years Day in 1972. Graduated from Eastern Carolina University in 1994. Never wanted to be a teacher!
Interviewed by Oprah
OPRAH: Was it always your desire to be a teacher?
RON CLARK: I never wanted to teach; all I wanted was a life filled with adventure. After college I became a dancing and singing waiter in London. I went to Greece and got stranded on a desert island for four days. Then I went to Romania and stayed with gypsies in Transylvania—they fed me rats and I got really sick, so I had to come home. I lived with my mom in Belhaven, North Carolina. She told me a teacher in her area had passed away and asked me if I'd be willing to finish out the school year for that teacher. I wasn't interested ... but I figured I'd just go down to the school. I was hooked! The next day I started teaching fifth grade. From then on it was like magic—I fell in love with teaching.
Five years later, I saw a program about a school in Harlem. It showed these students who although they were intelligent had extremely low test-scores because the school couldn't attract good teachers. And at that moment I had a feeling... it was like a calling. The next day I told my co-teacher, "I'm going to teach in Harlem." I packed up my car, drove up to New York, and stayed at the YMCA. Every day, I went from school to school in Harlem trying to find a school like the one I'd seen on TV.
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Phenomenal-Man-Ron-Clark#ixzz2hcx9y7cE
A Movie about Ron Clark
Best Selling Author
East Carolina Alumni Association
Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award in 2007
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Built a School!
Watch the video to hear Ron Clark talk about his teaching strategies and how he engages students. You may need to skip about a minute into the video!
See how Ron Clark's teachers prepare their students for the first day of school!
Ron Clark’s teaching methods are very simple. Teach students how to act in a social setting so they have some self-pride and want to better themselves. “No lesson will place pride in the hearts and minds of students. You can, however, teach skills. Skills will lead to confidence, and confidence will lead to pride and self-esteem” (Starr, 2007). Clark believes that by teaching students how to be good people in our society, they will be intrinsically motivated to improve themselves as a person. Therefore, Clark begins each school year the same way. Through his time as a teacher, Clark developed a list of 55 rules that he teaches students at the beginning of each school year that are designed to teach students how to interact appropriately in society. He published these rules in his book The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child.