This book is filled with the magic, the successes, the heartbreaks, the mistakes, and the triumphs that are the Ron Clark Academy. These are the 101 most successful strategies we have used to help uplift our children and enliven our classrooms. My hope is that you will find ideas here that will help you ignite a passion for learning in your children—and together we can get the molasses out of all our children’s classes.
"Inspirational, easy-to-follow insights on how to grow smarter, healthier children and communities." - Kirkus Reviews
""The End of Molasses Classes," the author explains, is a call to make education fun, interesting, and anything but "slow."" -Publishers Weekly
One hundred years ago, Maria Montessori, the first female physician in Italy, devised a very different method of educating children, based on her observations of how they naturally learn. In Montessori, Angeline Stoll Lillard shows that science has finally caught up with Maria Montessori. Lillard presents the research behind eight insights that
This book tackles the development of the education model and the reasons why students don't like schools. The education model is teacher-focused, one-size-fits-all, and the student is isolated in the learning process. Yet the students, who have grown up in an interactive digital world, learn differently. Schooled on Google and Wikipedia,
There is near-universal agreement that schools must find ways to transform older teaching practices in order to harness the tools that students have at their disposal today. This book introduces you to many of the most useful tools and concepts for an education setting so that you can decide, along with
Positive Involvement is designed to convince parents that they need to be involved in their child's learning and it is written to show them how to be both positive and effective in that involvement. As one reviewer wrote, 'The basic premise of the book is that school success is based on
We all need to teach our young people that not everyone deserves a pat on the back just because we are attempting to make everyone feel good.
If you are going to give rewards, such as cookies, let the parents know the classroom behaviors that will earn the reward and the behaviors that will not.
Letting everyone know what is expected beforehand will leave no opportunity for complaints after the grades have been given.
When you show people that you appreciate their hard work and that you are aware of their efforts, the job they are doing tends to improve.
We need to encourage our young people to approach teachers for extra assistance instead of suffering in silence.
Children will get away with as much as we allow, and if parents don’t maintain strict discipline with children as they are approaching their teenage years, they will be in for a challenging experience.
We have to find a way to improve our children’s vocabularies because if we don’t, it is going to be a roadblock to reading for years to come.
As adults who work with children, we have to make sure we have created the right environment, set the correct expectations, and modeled the appropriate excitement and energy within ourselves.