Needing Some Inspiration?
If you are a teacher, then you know how dreadful August 1st can be. It means that the start of school is later this month. Many of us are just getting into this "summer vacation thing" and don't want to think about planning lessons, decorating classrooms, and attending teacher institutes. For those of that need some extra inspiration and motivation, I have some ideas.
If you haven't already read The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for DIscovering the Successful Student in Every Child by Ron Clark, I suggest you immediately drive yourself over to your nearest bookstore or library and pick up a copy. It is a relatively small book, but it has a lot of sweet, inspiring stories from the point of view of a new teacher in some tough schools. Clark is a great story-teller--he has a wonderful way with words.
His newest book is called The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children. I have just started it, so I cannot yet comment on it. But if it is anything like his previous book, it will change the way I approach teaching.
I am even more excited to tell you that there is a tv movie about him called "The Ron Clark Story" that is set to air on TNT Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. CST. It stars Matthew Perry and is already getting some great reviews.
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