book study and you can too! This is my first response to Ron Clark's The End of Molasses Classes.
I have had the opportunity to hear Ron Clark speak several times and even had the honor of introducing him when he was speaking in Jacksonville several years ago. I am so impressed with his energy and enthusiasm. At first I thought he was one of those superhero teachers that jumps into teaching for a few years and then leaves teaching to tell the rest of us how to do it. What makes Ron Clark different is that he used the money he made from appearances to open his own school where he teaches every day! I think I could comment on every one of the Core Principles and Values because I believe in every one! Of course, believing in them and acting on them with the passion that Ron Clark has can be quite different.
I guess the principle that comes easiest for me is #13: Treat every child as if he or she were your own. That comes very naturally for me and has every since I had children, and now grandchildren, of my own. I often think, "What if the child was Kallyn (my Kindergarten grandchild)?" and that often flavors the way I see things.
I think the one I wish I was better at is #19: Make learning magical. I think there are teachers at my school that do this well, but it's a stretch for me. When I am planning a lesson, I think about fun but more about sequence and depth and rigor, but I don't really think magical. I would like to challenge myself to ask that question more often.