The Essential 55

The Essential 55

An Award-winning Educator's Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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Now in paperback, Ron Clark's New York Times bestseller that's changing America one child at a time!

The runaway bestseller that's a must-have for every parent and teacher. How many authors would travel coast to coast on a bus to get their book into as many hands as possible? Not many. But that's just what Ron Clark, author of The Essential 55, did to keep his book and message in the public eye. And it worked. After his Oprah appearance, sales skyrocketed: we've sold more than 850,000 copies in six months! The book sat tenaciously on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks. Ron Clark was featured on the Today show, and in the Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Daily News--not to mention the calls we've received from teachers and parents who want to get their hands on Ron's guidelines for teaching children.

Now in paperback, The Essential 55 will be the perfect book for parents and teachers to slip into their own backpacks, to read on the train or at lunch, and to highlight the sections that resonate for them. And with an author who is truly a partner in getting his message to the masses, we just can't lose.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780786888160
Characteristics: xxvii, 196 p. ; 20 cm.
Alternative Title: Essential fifty-five


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Jul 28, 2015

Excellent book. Great aid to teach modern kids tried and true methods of being civilized and respectful of their elders, each other, and to be a success in today's world, no matter what their choice of vocation. Mr. Clark is truly an inspiration to me, in addition to his students, past and present.

May 20, 2015

As a pre-service teacher, I fell in love with Ron Clark by learning about his story and teaching methods. I had high expectations for this book- and it met them all and more! I believe this book is not only for teachers but all adults. It has made me a better person by teaching me manners and life lessons. I also hope this book will shine a light on the weird and random behaviors teachers deal with on a daily basis.

Sep 16, 2010

I ended up seeing this book one day at the library several years ago and I think I at least flipped through it and read some of the rules.

I remember some of "Rule 9 Always say thank you when given something" enough though he had to take away an award or reward that a child had earned through competition. I thought through what he had mentioned that he shoouldn't have actually be allowed even as a teacher to take back the award or reward as the girl had *earned* the award or reward.

However, I have noticed that if at least for me, if I do not say thank you in about 5 seconds, it becomes hard to say, "Thanks," or "Thank you."

As Canadians, according to the cliche, we usually say, "Thanks" (or "Thank you,") and if I feel that someone has helped me, what does a "Thanks" cost me, really if the person has helped me? (Probably only 2 seconds.) Although I distinguish between the "Thanks" as casual and "Thank you" which is more formal, and I tend to use it as a sign of bigger appreciation than the former word.


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