Ron Clark Story ,Movie,Week 4

The Ron Clark Story (2006) USA  Photo Credit : TNT

The Ron Clark Story (2006) USA
Photo Credit : TNT

 

Since I choose the topic about English teaching or anything related to education in order to make improvement and reference to my teaching knowledge and understanding. I watched another educational film this week, Ron Clark Academy Movie, I am impressed and inspired that the strategies the teacher uses, particularly to his low-performing students. Throughout the story, Mr. Clark considers his students as family, he will never ever give up anyone in class as he makes his best efforts to discipline toward his misbehaved students and encourages them to follow their dreams fearlessly.

Summary

In the beginning of the film, Clark created his own class rules in order to deal with those little devils, Clark tries to educate them the general etiquette before his teaching .Since they act such rude and mischievous in his class, Clark spent most of his time on class management in the first place. The first rule such as when responding to any adult, you must answer by saying“Yes ma’am” or “No sir.” and make eye contact, respect each other, always say thank-you. Those rules also published in one of his bestselling books, The Essential 55. Moreover, Clark invents his special teaching method for his kids to learn the chronicles of presidents of America in history class by an interesting rhythmic rap (refer to [A]  ).

The highlight of this story to me, Clark is different from others that he is willing to understand every student’s background and learning limitation. By home visiting, he discovers the precise problems which cause them reject to learn on study. Since to be an elementary teacher in NY is Clark’s dream, even though he is assigned to teach the most low-performance class in that education disputed area, Harlem, he loves to take challenges and tries to make different in this class which has high replacement of alternative teachers before Clark. As Mr. Clark has done well about home visits to his students one by one after school, he discovered some of his students are living in poverty family, suffering from abuse by their parents or engaging with street ruffians that factors probably deprived them of their learning motivation and opportunities.

“Dream big and take risk” as Mr. Clark encourages their students all times. He wants his students believe they can be free to dream and achieve them as well no matter how badly people around them look down them. In the end of the film, he did it, he astonished the faculty in school and city by raising their scores higher than those of even the school’s gifted class. Clark firmly believes that once one has hope and dream, he /she is given motivation or passion to fight for his/her dream. Mr. Clark also cites American essayist Emerson’s quote into his education philosophy, “Do not go where the path may lead go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all (Helen Keller). In real life, Ron Clark’s story is never getting to end, he establishes his  ideal school, Ron Clark Academy in 2007 to help students  and teachers around the states which focused on innovation and education. He also is an author and published couple of best-selling educational books.Trough his open forums ,books ,lectures ,speeches and comferences he tries to spread his education philosophy over the world.

Best lines from the film by Ron Clark:  

  1. “New York public schools are desperate for good teachers. Newspaper says they’re begging for them. Every year I tell my students to go for what they want in life – dream big, take risks. It’s time I start living up to my own words.”
  2. “The problem isn’t the kids. It’s not even what they can achieve. The problem is what you expect them to achieve. You are setting the bar here. Why? Set it up here! They can make it.”
  3. “You will make every effort to be as organized as possible.”
  4. “Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go our of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month.”
  5. “I want the kids to enjoy reading not only today but for the rest of their lives. I try to do all I can to show them the power of their imaginations and to teach them that images on a movie screen pale by comparison with the pictures we can paint with our minds.”
  6. “Learning from our mistakes and holding on to our memories help us become deeper individuals with a better sense of who we are and how we choose to live our lives.”
  7. “Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.”

[A] The Presidents Rap

Written by:  Ron Clark, DeMario Calloway

Now let’s get down to some presidential learning

We’ll start with George Washington straight from Mount Vernon

The first President and Commander in Chief

Fought the Revolutionary War so we could be free

John Adams was second, Thomas Jefferson third

When we fought for independence, their voices were heard (Saying)

When in the course of human events (Okay)

We took a stand and we’ve been doing it since (Okay)

Pledge our lives and our fortunes and all

Defended our sacred honor for a better tomorrow

It’s a tribute to the leaders of the USA

It’s the Presidents Rap

Alright, Alright, Okay, Okay

He’s the Commander in Chief

It’s a tribute to the leaders of the USA

It’s the Presidents Rap

Alright, Alright, Okay, Okay

Reference

Ron Clard Academy official site :http://www.ronclarkacademy.com/default.aspx

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