I Get to Go to School Tomorrow
The Ron Clark Academy is a highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school in Atlanta that promotes innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of discipline. Our goal is to extend our reach beyond our student body by having an impact upon students everywhere. Each year, thousands of educators from around the world participate in our Educator Training Programs to learn how to replicate the school’s style, philosophy and success in their own schools (“Welcome to The Ron Clark Academy”, 2013). They pull their whole heart into their whole lesson, says Ron Clark Academy student. If all the teachers in the world could have just an ounce of their energy, excitement and passion that is shown in the Welcome to Ron Clark Academy You Tube video, we could change the world. Dancing, singing, movement, action, engagement, learning. It does not appear to be easy, but it sure does look worth it for both the student and the teacher. I want to create an environment that causes a child to be excited to get to go to school.
- Getting the students attention and keeping them engaged so that they are able to learn the material can be fun and can be done without boredom for the student and the teacher. As a future educator I believe creativity to be key (especially in today’s society, keeping up with the media and technology) in teaching in the classroom. I do not want to stand in front of a class, hour upon hours reciting and reading information to the students. I want discussion, laughter, excitement, and fun! No it can not be all fun in games, but it never should be dull, boring and not worthy of my time or my students time.
- Thinking outside the box asks us to look past the core standards, look past the curriculum and look at our students. What is it that I need to do to get these students ready for the end of the year? What is it that I need to do to prepare them for the next step?
- Creative teaching can lead to higher test scores because it allows us to stop preparing the students for the tests and allows us to teach them the information. It allows the student to stop preparing for the test and allows them to learn.
Welcome to the Ron Clark Academy. (2013, January 9). Retrieved September 26, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5SBsk3rS6s