Teaching guide – The End of Molasses Classes : Getting Our Kids Unstuck

ron clark

Clark, Ron. 2012. The End of Molasses Classes. Touchstone.

Genre : Teaching Guide
Suggested Readers : Teachers and Parents (who speak English)


Ron Clark is widely known as “America’s Educator” and was Oprah Winfrey’s first pick as her “Phenomenal Man.” He is a New York Times bestselling author and has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He challenges parents, teachers, and communities everywhere embrace a difference in the classroom and uplift, educate, and empower our children. Read this book to find out why so many across the country have embraced these powerful rules.

  • Set the electric tone on day one
  • Teach your children how to study—don’t expect it to come naturally
  • Don’t constantly stress about test scores
  • Not every child deserves a cookie
  • Lift up your teachers. No, really, lift them up!
  • If kids like you all the time, you’re doing something wrong
  • Don’t be a penny parent

Personal Appreciation

I remember seeing Rob Clark on Oprah many years ago. Great teachers have always inspired me to be a greater teacher too ! I love these types of books and I think we should revisit tips and tricks about teaching once in a while even when we are experienced teachers. Of course, I recommend it for new teachers but also for oldies like me who want to reinvent their game a little.

Here is his version of classroom rules that I think are really refreshing :

  • Make eye contact
  • Respect other ideas and opinions
  • Say thank you within three seconds of receiving something
  • When you win, do not brag; when you lose, do not show anger
  • Do your homework each and every night without fail
  • Be the best person you can be
  • Always be honest
  • If you are asked a question in conversation, ask a question in return
  • Perform random acts of kindness
  • Learn the names of all the teachers in the school and greet them
  • If someone bumps into you, even if it was not your fault, say excuse me
  • Stand up for what you believe in

And if you are looking for more books on learning and teaching, here is a fantastic list : http://talkswithteachers.com/top-15-book-recommendations-for-teachers/

Enjoy the read !

– Tanja Vaillancourt, English Consultant, CSSH

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