Y’all…. I have been enjoying a vacation in NC for the past week and have been so consumed with reading Ron Clark’s amazing book “The End of Molasses Classes.” I would try to use words to describe this book but I fear they will come up short.
In his book, Ron Clark offers 101 solutions for not only teachers but also parents. He gives many charges that I will take to heart this year. He validated so many of the things that I think and feel as a teacher and for that I am so pumped to get back into the classroom!
To say that this book is inspirational is an understatement.
This book has moved me to tears, caused me to jump up and fist pump, shout out to my mom numerous times, “listen to this!”, and so much more!
Please, do yourself the favor and read it!!
Have any of you read this book? What was your favorite solution that Ron offered?
I don’t know if I could narrow my favorite to one!!
I would say my top five would be:
1. Teach children to believe in themselves and don’t destroy their dreams.
2. Define your expectations and then raise the bar; the more you expect, the better the results will be.
3. Create moments that will have a lasting impact on children’s lives.
4. Push yourself to be innovative beyond your imagination!
5. Build strong bonds with parents. (which also goes along with open the doors to the parents)
As I reread the 101 solutions Ron so eloquently writes about in his book, I find it so hard to choose just 5. There are so many that I can’t wait to really dig into and think about.
For example, what is my “Red button” going to be?
Can I get on my students desks without falling off? (in heels? in a skirt or dress??)
How am I going to completely push my bar this year and be innovative beyond my imagination?!
I’m so excited, I can hardly tell you.
The wheels are spinning, the door has been opened. I am excited about this journey.
Please tell me there are others of you who are this pumped from reading this book!??!