The End of Molasses Classes:
Getting Our Kids Unstuck
101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers
by Ron Clark
LB1025.3 .C533 2011
Browsing Books, 2nd floor
Ron Clark is a teacher, the founder of a school, the Ron Clark Academy, and he’s nuts! How else can one describe an administrator who insists on professional attire for staff and parents, yet doesn’t think twice about a teacher dancing on a desk or encouraging school visitors to slide from the school’s second to first floor? Clark shares how he and his staff have caught their students’ attention in The End of Molasses Classes, a feature title of Andersen Library’s Browsing Collection. He shares numerous anecdotes told by his co-teachers, parents and students, illustrating how his school fosters an environment where play and success sweeten hard work, extraordinary commitment, and high expectations. This is an inspirational read for prospective teachers and administrators as well as a jump start for the school year for those already in the classroom. As he points out, family involvement is essential to student success; what a daring read this would be for a staff and parent book club!
If you find Clark’s 101 Extraordinary Solutions a bit overwhelming, you’ll find somewhat calmer inspiration and humor in Sharon Draper’s classic, Not Quite Burned Out, but Crispy Around the Edges: Inspiration, Laughter, and Encouragement for Teachers (LB1025.3 .D73 2001, Main Collection).