The End of Molasses Classes

Getting Our Kids Unstuck - 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers

by Ron Clark

Number of pages: 319

Publisher: Touchstone

BBB Library: Education

ISBN: 9781451639728

About the Author

Clark is New York Times bestselling author of “The Essential 55,” has been named “American Teacher of the Year” by Disney and was Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” He is the founder of The Ron Clark Academy which more than 10,000 educators from around the world have visited to learn how RCA has helped children succeed.


Editorial Review

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.

Book Reviews

"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

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Wisdom to Share

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.

Giving praise that isn’t earned only sets up our students for more failure in the long run.

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.

One of the greatest ways to find a solution is to ask for help.

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.

We want our children to see that there is no greater joy than learning, and it is up to us to create the best possible climate and culture where every child will enjoy learning and have a curious passion for knowledge.