Monday, October 22, 2018

Meeting “America’s Educator”


Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator.” In 2000 he was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times bestselling author, whose book, The Essential 55, has sold over 1 million copies and has been published in 25 different countries. He has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, and Oprah. Ms. Winfrey even named him as her first “Phenomenal Man.” His classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Ron’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Ron Clark and Kim Bearden met in 2000 when Disney honored them both as Teachers of the Year. They became fast friends as they shared their passion for students and creative teaching. In the fall of 2004, Clark and Bearden met to hold a serious discussion about something that they had casually chatted about numerous times over the previous five years: Clark wanted to start a school of his own - one that would be unlike any other. At that time, the school had no name, no funding, and no facility. However, Clark and Bearden’s vision for the institution were tangible from the very start-- they shared common beliefs and ideas, and they knew that they were called to move forward. Bearden gave Clark her word that she would help him with the endeavor, and the dream began.

The Ron Clark Academy (RCA) is a highly-acclaimed, nonprofit middle school located in Southeast Atlanta. The Academy has received both national and international recognition for its success in educating students with academic rigor, passion, and creativity balanced by a strict code of discipline. Our 5th - 8th grade students represent various socio-economic and academic backgrounds and communities from across the metro region.

If you had the opportunity to meet Ron Clark, what five questions would you ask him?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm, Friday, October 26th.

27 comments:

  1. Teresa Avogaro
    If I met Ron Clark, I would ask him...
    What made you decide that you wanted to take on such a mighty project and build a school, rather than just continue to teach classes?
    What makes your classroom so creative and successful?
    When did you decide that you wanted to pursue teaching, and do you ever get tired of it?
    What was your motivation for writing The Essential 55, and how does it feel knowing how that turned out?
    If you could give any advice to future educators, what would it be?

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  2. I would ask him
    1. What made you want to start teaching? Did you have a teacher as a kid you admired that inspired you?
    2. What are tips to becoming a successful teacher?
    3. What made you want to build a school, rather than just continue teaching?
    4. What do you do when you start to feel discouraged?
    5. How do you make such a successful learning environment?

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  3. I would ask Ron Clark:
    1) What makes a phenomenal teacher stand out from ordinary teachers?
    2) Are there any teaching techniques you have tried that were unsuccessful or that you wouldn't recommend?
    3) Did you always want to be a teacher or did some moment or experience inspire you?
    4) What do you think is the most common mistake made by educators?
    5) If you could go back and change any lessons or teaching styles you have done, what were they and would would they be?

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  4. I would ask Ron clark

    what makes the best teacher in his opinion

    what are the best teqnuques
    what made you wanna be a teacher
    what is the number one lesson of being a teacher
    what is your favorite teaching style

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  5. Allison Garcia
    I would ask Ron Clark....

    What person or moment made you want to be a teacher?
    What advice would you give a future teacher?
    What makes your school so successful?
    If you could go back and change a teaching technique, what would it be?
    How much money and time did you spend on the school?

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  6. Tori Azuara
    I would ask Ron Clark these 5 things:
    1). What influenced him so greatly that made him so passionate about teaching?
    2). Who was his favorite teacher and how did they impact him?
    3). Do you still agree with all of your techniques?
    4). What advice would you give to a new teacher?
    5). What is the most important thing every teacher should know before going into the classroom?

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  7. 1. Where did you learn your skills of teaching that has made you be recognized multiple times by the public?
    2. Did you have any doubts or fears opening up the school? If so, what were they?
    3. What is the biggest challenge you've faced as a teacher and how did you overcome it?
    4. What made you decide to become a teacher? A person or an event?
    5. Based on your first days of school as a teacher, what would you tell a teacher on their first day ever?

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  8. What is your favorite thing about teaching?
    If you weren't a teacher would you still want to work with kids?
    What inspired you to start teaching?
    What is the most important thing a teacher can do to make sure their kids are successful?
    If you could change one thing about the educational system what would it be?

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  9. What first inspired you to be and educator?
    What, would you say, are the goals of educators?
    What are the goals of your School?
    What would you change about the American education system today?
    Say you have a kid who is lagging behind others and is becoming increasingly distance from others around him, how would you reach this kid and what would you tell him?

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  10. kallie lopez
    - what made you want to start this big journey?
    -Did you expect or think about the obstacles you were going to face throughout the whole process?
    - Were you inspired by anyone?
    -If you could go back and change one thing about the process what would it be?
    -What do you think if education and schools today?

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  11. 1) What things did you want to change about the education system?
    2) How does it feel to see the students you've taught through the RCA succeed?
    3) What made you realize it was time for a change in the way we educate our students?
    4) What makes RCA different from an ordinary public school?
    5) What advice would you give to a teacher who wants to make a change but doesn't know how?

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  12. Maddison Labrie

    What made you motivated you to become such a passionate teacher?

    Did you have any second thoughts about opening a school? If so what were they?

    What were the hardest obstacles for you to Overcome in your journey?

    If you could improve the education system what would you improve?

    What were some of your rules for the strict code of discipline?

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  13. why are you so passionate about teaching ?


    was their anyone in your life who influenced you to become a teacher?

    what makes RCA Different from other schools?


    How was your education while you were a child?


    What do you hope to see the future for education?

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  14. 1) What pushed you to pursue teaching?

    2) How does it feel to look back at all that you've accomplished?

    3) What advice do you have for people who wish to become teachers?

    4) Why did you choose to build a school rather than continue teaching?

    5) Was there ever a point in your life that you wanted to quit teaching?

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  15. 1) What influenced you to become a teacher?
    2) What is the best part of being a teacher? Why is it so rewarding?
    3) As a student did you have a teacher that made you want to make an good impact on children? If so how?
    4) What makes RCA so important and different from other schools?
    5) Is there is anything you want to change to improve RCA what is it?
    Kennedy Penland

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  16. 1) What made you want to become a teacher?
    2) What advice do you have for future teachers?
    3) What makes your school so successful?
    4) What is your favorite style of teaching?
    5) How long were you in school?

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  17. Savannah Wilder
    1-What inspired you to start teaching?
    2-When did you know that you wanted to be a teacher?
    3-What teacher stood out to you as a child and what did they do that stood out to you?
    4-How did you come up with the idea to make your own school?
    5-What do you want to accomplish with your teaching?

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  18. katelyn adams
    id ask:

    what advice do u have for future teachers?
    what inspired you to become a teacher?
    what would u change about education system?
    when did u know u wanted to teaching?
    what do you enjoy about teaching?

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  19. I would ask
    1: what qualities make a good teacher
    2:why did you choose to be a teacher
    3: why did you decide to build a school
    4: why is the difference between RCA and the rest of them
    5: what is the most challenging part about being a teacher

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  20. Madison Meyer
    I would ask
    What advice would you give people intrested in becoming a teacher?
    When did you realize you want to be a teacher?
    Why did you choose to stop teaching and build a school?
    How do you feel about your heavy accomplishments?
    What are 3 things or qualitites you must have as a teacher?

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  21. Andrea Arzabala
    -did you have a teacher that inspired you to become an educator?
    -how did you realize you wanted to be a teacher?
    -what aspects of the American Education System would you change?
    -how does your school differ from others?
    -why did you decide to stop teaching and create a school of your own?

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  22. Celicia Creswell
    What was your favorite thing about teaching?
    What advice would you give a future teacher?
    What made you want to have this type of career?
    If you could go back and change a teaching technique, what would you choose?
    What made you want to stop teaching and build a school?

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  23. I would ask him
    1. What advice would you give to a person who wants to become a teacher in the future?
    2. What inspired you to become a teacher?
    3. What made you want to build a school?
    4. What qualities form the "perfect" teacher?
    5. How long were you thinking about building the school before you actually quit teaching and built it?

    Natalie Neidig

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  24. 1. Why did you want to become an educator? Did you have a teacher or someone who inspired you?
    2. What is your favorite part about being a teacher?
    3. What makes your school so different from every other school?
    4. How do those differences affect your students?
    5. How do you balance creativity and passion with strict discipline?

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  25. 1. Did a teacher inspire you to build a school and teach?
    2. Did he want to be a teacher growing up?
    3. Why did you choose to open a middle school over any other school?
    4. What kind of student were you growing up?
    5. What type of learning is the school focused on reaching?

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  26. Baylee Morita,
    1: Was it hard starting your own school?
    2: How much money was it to start your own school?
    3: WHy did you want to start your own school?
    4: What made you do it?
    5: Do you have kids of your own?

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