I remember very clearly the year that I started reading the book. It was my first year of teaching in a real school :) I had 20 4th graders in my class and I was trying to teach them manners. I was from the south and was living in the northwest. Manners and northwest aren't as natural as they are in the south. There were many days when I just wanted them to say "Yes ma'am," but that was so culturally different for them. Somehow this little book landed in my lap. I latched on and began to implement many of the rules - not all.
Over the years, I've read his other books, watched the movies, etc. I have been mesmerized by the impact that he has had on the field of education and on students.
I don't think that he does anything extraordinary, or anything that is necessarily unique. But what I do know is he does something to build relationships with his kids and his parents. Through my career, that has been my goal.
No, Ron Clark is not the reason I became a teacher, but he does have a lot to do with the reason that I remain in the classroom.
This week, I finally get to meet one of my educational heroes. My school is hosting him for the day. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. But, the BEST part is...I get to be his personal host. Ya'll, this is big time. Yes, me - a 4th grade teacher who is exhausted, stressed, and wondering just how much longer I can put in 14 hour days.
I'll be posting afterward to let you know how things turn out. Stay tuned for lots of pics.