Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Get-Away and Ron Clark

Hey Folks!  I enjoyed a quick get-away with my husband last weekend to Newport, RI!  My husband is attending the Naval Warfare College, so I hopped on a flight to join him.

It was beautiful!  

The flight there allowed me the opportunity to finish this wonderful book!

I gotta say, when I was done reading it, I was EXHAUSTED!  This man is a powerhouse of energy and vision.  

Here are just a few of the things that stuck out in my mind:
#8:  Be selfless with your contributions to the team
I like to think of myself as a team player, but once I heard the levels his staff goes, I realize I sway more towards slacker.  Within the walls of my classroom, I am 100%  in, but outside of my walls... I'm not so sure.  I need to be more selfless with my contributions outside of my classroom... it is not all about instruction.

#9:  Make it happen.  Don't give excuses; find solutions!
I loved this!  Ron (like he is my BFF) says, "We all need to have that type of dedication and will to 'make it happen' when it comes to the education.  There is a way for every child to understand every concept.  There is a way to teach children to perform at the highest levels and there is a way to teach children to be good individuals who care about others.."

#40 Dress the Part
This is a hot topic in my school... Our dress policy does not permit jeans (only on a few days per year).  We LOVE our jeans.  However, reading Ron's perspective on dressing the part, I can see his point...ERRR!  Ron (again my BFF) states that when the staff dresses their best, student behaviors improve, parent's tend to trust the teachers as leaders in the classroom, the teachers have a collective pride and pep in their step.

If you are wanting to laugh and cry simultaneously, this is a book for you.  He is hilarious. It is hard to not to be caught up in his infectious passion.


  1. I have been wanting to read that book Deedee. Thank you for the summary! Love the pics of your "getaway" too! Have a great week!

  2. Newport RI- I know it well. My daughter went to Brown and both of my girls spent a summer there working for a hotel group. It is gorgeous. I hope you got some rest and had a wonderful time.

  3. I gotta get this book! RI! Not exactly a hop skip and a jump from good ol' MO! Glad you had fun!
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  4. Thanks for all the inspiration!
    I passed the Versatile Blogger Award your way!
    Come over and grab the button!

  5. Would love to check out his book! Sounds like a good read :)

  6. I have to reluctantly agree about the dress code. We got a new principal this year and went from jeans and flip flops every day to "dressing to impress" except on Fridays. I do feel much more professional and confident in my dress clothes. I'm not certain that it has changed student behavior or impacted the parents, but it has made a difference in my self perception which is good. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy dress down Fridays!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  7. Hi Jennifer~ I know what you mean about student behavior. I think my kids would be more impressed if I wore a tutu and tiara... Ah, the beauty of kindergarten!

    I guess I can see the impact of no-jeans on older grades (like middle school or high school). I've been rolling this around in my head~ A LOT!!! I'm not sure if jeans are the issue or if it is dressing with pride in your appearance. I have seen some pretty sharp dressed people in jeans.

    See how wishy-washy I am? I am sure glad I am not an administrator.

    Thanks for commenting!

  8. Hi DeeDee,
    I'm giving you the Versatile Blogger award! Thank you for sharing your ideas and hard work!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  9. Deedee...I totally agree w/your "sharp dressed" in jeans and "taking pride in your appearance" comments. I believe that you can most definitely can look "professional" in a pair of jeans. The problem lies w/those that take advantage of the opportunity to dress "down"...and in my opinion (you had to know this was coming) those people need to be dealt w/on a person by person basis.I don't think my lil love muffins give two cents about what I'm wearing, unless, of course it is a tutu and tiara. Anywho...YES it is a HOT topic!!!

  10. AMEN Randee! Jeans Day is not the same as Dress-Like-You-Just-Cleaned-Out-Your-Garage-Day... See you on Friday!!! I'll be wearing jeans and my Duran Duran concert tour t-shirt from 1983... Just kidding!

  11. I am hosting a book study on this very book! If you would like to host a few of the principles, please email me with your name, blog name and email address. With so many principles, I need a lot of hosts for this one. I am in the middle of making the schedule this weekend, so spread the word, please!



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