Teacher Reads: Ron Clark's Essential 55

Ron Clark is America's Educator, right?  Certainly he is one of my inspirations.  I love watching his lectures/talks/speeches and hearing his stories.  I love his candidness and authenticity.  But mostly, I love that his passion remains.  In his first book, endorsed, of course, by Oprah, Ron Clark lays out 55 Essential Classroom rules.  I know, that seems a bit daunting.  But give this book a try - whether you are a first year teacher or starting your 17th and need a little reboot.  It's a great place to find some inspiration.

“Always make sure there are seven things in your life at all times: laughter, family, adventure, good food, challenge, change, and the quest for knowledge.”
— Ron Clark, "The Essential 55"

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Lead: Simon Sinek & Millenials

This. Right. Here.  If you are a leader, mentor, millennial or whatever comes after millennials, stop,  Stop what you are doing and watch this.  This speaks to me on so many levels - but in all honesty, our obsession with our phones.  It's out of control.  

This perspective is important.

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Teach: Ron Clark

Every educator should watch this speech - Ron Clark is the mecca of Educational Leadership and it is his vision that consistently inspires me to continually think beyond the red tape.  When in doubt, slide.


Teach: Eat The Cupcake

The journey before you is long.  And there will be times when you will stumble.  There will be times when you will be fogged out.  There will be times of complete clarity as you see the sun peak between the trees and there will be breathless moments that remind you of your humanity.  Embrace them all.  These are the stories your soul will tell.

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