Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give-Away: Ron Clark's The End of Molasses Classes: Getting our Kids Unstuck

What we're giving away?

novel: The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark

What is it?

Author, Ron Clark, is such an amazing inspiration to teachers everywhere.  You might know him from his movie starting Matthew Perry, The Ron Clark Story, his appearance on Oprah, or being named as Disney's Teacher of the Year.  Clark recently opened up his own school, The Ron Clark Academy in Georgia.  Clark has captured his tools for success (not in fame but in teaching) into a terrific new book: The End of Molasses Classes: Getting our Kids Unstuck 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers.

For me, reading this book could be described as a movement towards grounding my personal philosophy of education.  I consider myself a 'teaching spaz.'  When the doors to my classroom are closed, I become quite a different person... rather a child.  Thus, Clark's story really speaks to me.  I understand how some may be taken back by his extreme enthusiasm; but for me, perhaps it's the x-cheerldeader or debate and thespian in me... I really relate to his style.  I'm not at full energy every day... but I try to be - I see the difference in the kids!

My hero's in education are:  Alfie Kohn, Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Maria Montessori, and Ron Clark.  I enjoy an active student-centered classroom where the learning and teaching is shaped daily by the children.  We are organized, structured, spontaneous, caring, messy, and a family.  Everything we are... we aren't.  There is routine; however, each day is a new adventure.  Expectations are clear, yet learning transpires through natural discussion based on our experiences and own fascination.  The children take ownership of their lessons as I'm simply their guide.  We follow the standards, but incorporate our own interests.
Clark helped me to learn how to do this.

In a time where 'there isn't much time' to fit it all in... Clark helps remind us what is truly important in education.  I'm a firm believer that if we build community first, there will be more time in the long run for academics.  There isn't really a better way to explain it than to just open the pages and begin... The End of Molasses Classes is a no excuse read on how to rise above, have values, build relationships, and become an active player is shaping our future as the vessles of our practice.

I believe many teachers hold these principles true.  My wish is that the leaders and shakers in our profession did, too.  I'm hearing more and more of friends participating in 'school of choice.'  I even know people who, like Clark, are opening their own school.  What an amazing journey!  The common thread I'm finding is that people are doing this so that they can follow their hopes and dreams for teaching how they feel is 'right.'  They aren't following trends of high dollars and upscale environments.  They're following trends where there is a place that supports and cultivates a love for the child.  Teachers are moving to teach in buildings where there isn't more pay... but more opportunity to be creative, be involved, and actually teach!  I know this to be true from personal connections that I've shared with others and witnessed myself.  Frankly, I think it's amazing!  I just wish that all teachers had the opportunity to teach for the love of teaching in a place (building, district, state) that supported those methods... where class sizes were small and resources were available.  We don't need the best of technology, new books, or nice furniture.  We need a space that is not overcrowded and a culture that is trusting of teacher creativity and supportive of quality professional development.

Whoa... off my soapbox and back to the give-away...

Just to show you how super cool Ron is... here is a personal video he made for the authors of Teaching Blog Addict, the community teaching site I also blog for.  Click Here to become a follower.

How do you enter for this give away?

Simply leave a comment that you love this book!
Winners will be notified by email on Sunday, November 27, so be sure to leave your email address.
I'll also leave a final comment on this thread announcing the winner so we know who they are.

*be sure you're a follower of this blog to be eligible*

More about this product...

click here to read more about this book and connect to Ron Clark's site

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  1. I have been wanting to get this book! I love Ron Clark and have the Essential 55. This would make a nice addition to my bookshelf!

  2. I totally want to read tis book! Thanks

  3. I love Ron Clark. I can't wait to read this book! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  4. This is it! The one I really, really want to win! I love this book.


  5. Great author! I am a big fan of Ron Clark and often refer to some of his methods in my classroom. I would love this book!

  6. I love this book and I would be thrilled to have a copy!

  7. I have been wanting this book for awhile!! What a wonderful giveaway! :)

  8. I love this book!

    First Grade Delight

  9. I LOVE Ron Clark! I have his Essential 55 and the Essential 55 Workbook and LOVE them.

  10. Ron Clark is a model educator for all of us trying to make a difference in the life of a child. I can't wait to read his latest book!

  11. Ron Clark came to speak at our school district, he is amazing. Would love to read his new book.

  12. I love this book. Want to read it terribly

  13. I put this book on my wishlist! I'd love to read it!

  14. I would love to read this book!

  15. Love, love, love Ron Clark. He's so right - greet those kids with love and smiles and excitement about learning - and they'll give it right back.

    On another note, just found your blog - FABULOUS!!

  16. I love this book!
    Jennifer A.

  17. I have read several other Ron Clark books and love them!

  18. Can't wait to read the book!

  19. I love this book!


  20. I've heard many people talk about this book. I'd love to have it so I could read it.

  21. Ron Clark is AMAZING! I was able to visit The Ron Clark Academy in October, if you EVER have the chance to prepared to walk into a teacher's dreamland! He is a true example of a person who follows his hopes and dreams for creating an environment for teaching and learning that fosters the love of learning! He is my hero!!

  22. I would love to get this book!!! I have heard nothing but amazing things about it. Ron Clark is my hero!


  23. Erin-

    I love Ron Clark and so want this book! I already have The Essential 55 and have watched his movie. I haven't seen him on Oprah, I'll just have to look that one up on youtube! :)

    I want to win this book!!!

    My email address is


  24. I would love this book. I have enjoyed his others.

  25. I would love to win this book!

  26. I loved the Ron Clark story and would LOVE to win this book :)

  27. I'd love to read this book, it speaks to me and is calling my name!! Pick me, Pick me!!!

  28. I've been hearing about this book for a while now and would love to win a copy of it!

  29. Count me in!!! I have this on my wishlist!

  30. This is a fantastic book. It's also a great audiobook. I plan to listen and read every summer! :)