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The Essential 55: An Award-Winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Must Read For Every Teacher!

I finshed the book in one sitting. All of Ron's rules are excellent and can be adapted for any classroom. This man is amazing. We need more teachers like him.

posted by Anonymous on May 24, 2007

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2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Save yourself the time

I was very disappointed in Ron Clark's book. I had a vision on him and his teaching style built up before reading the book, as I have heard so many great things about his work with students. But I was highly disappointed by the book. There was nothing new or novice ab...
I was very disappointed in Ron Clark's book. I had a vision on him and his teaching style built up before reading the book, as I have heard so many great things about his work with students. But I was highly disappointed by the book. There was nothing new or novice about his '55' rules. I was expecting more of an insight into his apparently 'fabulous' way of teaching, but was sorely mistaken about the book's purpose. He basically reviewed his and my southern upbringing, and how to teach that to all kids. Please do not waste your time here, unless you are looking for about two or three cute little quips about being a teacher. Not worth the effort to read it.

posted by Anonymous on May 11, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2004

    Too much ego, not enough pragmatism

    Clark regales the reader w/stories of his students while ignoring the fact that many of the rules are difficult to impose & many apply to his personal teaching style only (e.g. No Doritos in class). He demonstrates how to enforce the honesty rule (one of his strictest) by lying to his students. Some of his actions would normally call for immediate dismissal show that by reading between the lines, he was not the stellar teacher in his early years that he would have people believe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Some Good Points But to Many Bad Points

    The book had some excellent points but it read to much like a story. The author failed to expand on how he implimented most of the ideas in his book. Plus some of his rules might work for younger children but at the middle school level some of the rules are unreasonable and fall short. Good book if you feel like being entertained and if you feel like stealing a few ideas that are in numerous other books. Bottom line read it if you have time.

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    Posted July 20, 2011

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