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3.00110987791343 out of 53.00110987791343 out of 53.00110987791343 out of 53.00110987791343 out of 53.00110987791343 out of 5 3.00 (1,802 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Clark Narrator: Ron Clark Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9781401385378
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Ron Clark’s New York Times bestseller is changing America one child at a time!

The runaway bestseller that’s a must-have for every parent and teacher. The book sat tenaciously on the New York Times bestseller list for eleven weeks. Ron Clark was featured on the Today show, and in the Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Daily News.

With this runaway New York Times bestseller, Ron Clark lit a fire under parents and teachers everywhere to raise their standards and expect the best from their students. Read this book and find out why so many people nationwide have found these rules to be just what they were looking for to help their kids succeed in school.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilie | 2/16/2014

    " Loved the 55 rules, and Ron Clark's presentation of them. A very memorable read, with a lot of practical application. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/15/2014

    " Great stuff mostly common sense put into practice. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Billydinpvd | 2/13/2014

    " I thoroughly dislike this book. Yes, most of the rules themselves are good. Yes, I have applied some of them in my teaching. But the way that he implements them, and his attitude towards his students, struck me as demeaning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Ellen | 2/2/2014

    " In my class, we watched The Ron Clark Story starring Matthew Perry and saw how inspiring this teacher is. Although I think all these rules are a lot to ask for and they seemed more like manners and rules of life rather than of students and in a classroom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise Smith | 1/21/2014

    " I'm not usually a big fan of authors who post giant photographs of themselves on the front, but I did enjoy this book. Even though Ron Clark may be mildly obsessed with himself, he does have some excellent advice for teachers and students. He works with a lot of difficult students, especially in the inner city. The Essential 55 is a good starter book to helping under-privileged children develop into upstanding citizens that actually believe in themselves! I would argue that not all 55 rules are essential, but all of them are good. I did notice that a lot of the rules were stylized and might not fit every classroom and every teacher. It's a great, easy read that makes you think critically about what kids need in and out of the classroom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Green | 1/10/2014

    " This book was amazing from a teachers standpoint. I had the opportunity to meet Ron Clark over the summer and was inspired to do so many things in my classroom this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Hetzer | 1/10/2014

    " I read this after seeing Ron Clark and hearing him speak at a conference sponsored by the Virginia Dept of Education this summer. His 55 rules are obvious, common-sense examples of courtesy and respect. Great foundation for any classroom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Dees | 1/8/2014

    " I read this early in my teaching career. Though I would never have 55 rules for my classroom, I loved the focus on the kids and what is best for them. Teachers help students learn about more than their subject areas. Teachers help students learn about life. The best lessons come in between classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 11/28/2013

    " Classroom inspiration for all teachers!Saw Ron Clarc speak at our Convocation and I bought his book- amazing man! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 10/29/2013

    " Wonderful stories from a quality teacher. Ron Clark loves his students so well, he wants you to be introduced to each of them in his personal stories. A nice read for motivating teachers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louanne Winkle | 9/26/2013

    " This book is outstanding and will help any teacher to set clear guidelines in a classroom while helping students leap for success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 6/22/2013

    " Ron Clark is a dynamic speaker, if you get the chance to see him, by all means go! He is an enthusiastic teacher. I agree with his ideas about teachers needing to demand respect and students will work for you if they know you care about them. But 55 rules? I can't begin to remember them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beckie | 5/22/2013

    " reading this because my principal asked me to. am ambivalent. like the premise - HATE the way it is written, can tell I would not dig talking to this blow-hard at all...even if he does share my opinions about public education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 4/17/2013

    " this one gave me a lot of ideas for my classroom, but made me wonder how it fits in with other things that i have learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/26/2013

    " I think this is a great book and every educator should read it. I cried tears of joy more than once. Some of these rules won't apply to our little school, but many of them can even be adapted to use at home for my two kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna | 2/2/2013

    " Interesting, picked up a few tricks and ideas to use in my classroom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Glotzbach | 1/20/2013

    " One of the first education books that I bought my first year teaching. I love his candid humor and high expectations for his students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Palmer | 12/22/2012

    " Definitely a useful read. It is more directed at elementary audiences, but middle school educators can get something from this. I am definitely going to adapt a few things for next school year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Jacobsen | 7/27/2012

    " This is an amazing book for teachers and students who want to learn how to live a good life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliyah | 7/14/2012

    " Before I became a teacher (I always knew that i wanted to be one) this book gave me further inspiration. I saw the author on Oprah and dreamed myself into this position. Now I need to reread it, I forgot all of the rules... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Durichek | 7/6/2012

    " I have read this book and listened to it on cd numerous times. Very well written, entertaining, and inspiring. Fifty-five rules seem like a lot but he makes each one truly essential and memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elainendean | 4/10/2012

    " I watched the movie of "The Ron Clark" story and really enjoyed it. Because I am a retired teacher it moved me to get his book and read it. I really enjoyed it and wish I could have read it during my years as a teacher. He is amazing in helping every child be successful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra Fletcher | 8/23/2011

    " One of my favorite books to go through with the kids, even though we are not in a classroom setting and several of the rules just don't apply to us. It serves as a good reminder of points to cover in regards to treating others well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/23/2011

    " Great book....great ideas...wish more teachers were like this...should be required reading for education majors!!



    I MET MY GOAL AND READ 50 BOOKS IN ONE YEAR...TO THE DAY!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elissa | 1/21/2011

    " This is the first book about teaching I ever owned and read and so it just holds a special place in my teacher heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 1/10/2011

    " Great book and great suggestions on teaching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 9/18/2010

    " It is a great book for educators. Not all of the rules are applicable to High School aged students but you can apply them in a lot of ways. Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/31/2010

    " great tips, an inspiring teacher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layne | 7/13/2010

    " Lots of good ideas for a classroom. I'm looking forward to using some of them this fall when school starts back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/10/2010

    " This book is a must-have for any teacher or person who works with young students. Ron Clark has the perfect background and experience to offer advice to people who want to see students succeed. The ideas he discusses are relevant, make sense, and they work! Highly Recommended for all teachers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 7/5/2010

    " This book convinced me that to be an award winning teacher, one must dedicate all one's time to the profession. No time for personal lives. Guess I'll never be the Disney Teacher of the Year. "

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