"the essential 55" book by Ron Clark: principle in Georgia who is doing great things with the kids & school. its about not just teaching reading & math but teaching the kids to be good people, inside & out, to be respectful of themselves & others etc. he uses 55 main essential points to accomplish this. they made a movie about this amazing man & his accomplishments.
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10 ABC Books to Read During the Summer
Kids at all grade levels need to read daily. Ideas to prevent the summer slide are on this blog and 5 finger test for independent reading level. Quick and easy way for determining if a book is the right fit. This post isn't just for teachers, either. I wish EVERY parent would read this.