Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Let's Talk About Books : The Essential 55 {July 15th}

Another edition of Let's Talk About Books, a linky with Mrs Deanna Jump from Mrs Jump's Class

This week, I'd like to talk to you about a book that I once read (little by little) with my grade 7 and 8 students.  It's called The Essential 55 by Ron Clark.  

What's it about

Ron Clark wrote this book with educators and students in mind.  He wrote a list of 55 Essential rules that will bring classroom success to educators and students everywhere.  Rules such as :

  • Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person. 
  • If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person. Claps should be at least three seconds in length with the full part of both hands meeting in a manner that will give the appropriate clap volume. 
  • If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. Instead, say something like, “I really enjoyed the competition, and I look forward to playing you again,” or “good game,” or don’t say anything at all. To show anger or sarcasm, such as “I wasn’t playing hard anyway” or “You really aren’t that good,” shows weakness. 
To see the list of rules, click here.

Some of the rules are very strict, others are common sense.  Either way, the rules are a great list to live to the best of your potential every day.

Why I like it

Every week in my classroom, we sat in a circle and talked.  We talked about issues we maybe had this past week, things that they enjoyed in the classroom, concepts they had learned, relationships between classmates and we also read 1-2 rules from Ron Clark's book, and discussed why the rule is there and how it should be applied, not only in the classroom, but in life.  We then tried to work on that specific rule all week, making an effort to really emphasize that rule in our classroom.

I had a parent come to me and tell me how their child had come home and was talking about the rules.  He was saying how much he appreciated them, how they all made sense and he was becoming a better person when he tried to apply these rules. It made sense to him.

That's why I love this book.  It teaches children how to act in certain situations.  Can it be a little strict, yes.  Do you always have to follow the rules, no.  Overall, it gives students the knowledge on how to act in public to represent everything that they are in the best manner possible.

Have a great week! Don't forget to head on over to Mrs Jump's Class to read other great blogs!

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