Crash Course: A Book Review and Giveaway - Queen of the First Grade Jungle

Crash Course: A Book Review and Giveaway

We teachers in the Blogging World love to talk about our friends.  I am no exception to this trend.  I am SO proud to say that I have a friend who will be teaching at the Ron Clark Academy. Hope King and her husband are both a part of the RCA family!  Through our friendship I have been incredibly inspired by the things going on at RCA. I just KNOW if Hope posts a video on her facebook page that I am going to have a good cry. 

Hope also made me aware of Kim Bearden, a phenomenal educator and co-founder of RCA. Kim has a love for children unlike anything else and has finally created a collection of all of her inspiring stories and compiled them into a book called Crash Course: The Lessons My Students Taught Me. 

Here is my personal copy that I had to take a picture of when it arrived in the mail! 

Seriously, I cried buckets, literally buckets reading this book. When all the politics, evaluations, and long hours get you down, it's important to remember why we got into teaching in the first place. Thank you for inspiring me Kim and lighting my fire for the 2014-2015 school year! ❤️ 

So grab some tissues, and pick up your copy of the book right here! You will definitely not be disappointed! 

Kim Bearden is the co-founder and executive director at the Ron Clark Academy. Most importantly, she is also the language arts teacher. 

Kim has received numerous awards for her creative, dynamic, and rigorous teaching styles. She was selected from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. Along with countless other awards, she was also chosen from among 7,000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County Georgia. 

Over the past twenty-three years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer, and middle school principal. 

For someone that has accomplished so much during her career, Kim is by far one of the most humble and down to earth educators. Her life hasn't been perfect, and I love that she is so transparent in her book as she shares her experiences as an educator. 

Instead of telling you, I will just show you! Here is a little clip that shows who and what the Ron Clark Academy is all about! The best part? You can actually come spend a day…or two…at the school! Be sure and follow the Ron Clark Academy on Facebook {HERE} to receive special updates and events! 

If you would like to visit RCA and participate in the RCA Educator Training Experience, visit the website {HERE} to register! It is truly a training unlike anything you have ever experienced before. During this training, you will get to meet the students of RCA and observe Ron Clark and Kim Bearden's unparalleled instruction in their 5th grade classrooms. You will also spend the day in classroom observations and workshops that will enhance your instruction in any grade level. And of course, you will end the visitation becoming "slide certified." 

2014-2015 Training Dates:

I am so excited about teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers to share our review of Kim's book. Click on any of the links below to see what they think...

Win a signed copy of Kim's Book!

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Win a free visitation to the Academy! 
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Here is a picture of my friends Cheryl, Elizabeth, and Hope with Ron Clark himself!  Y'all be prepared because I will be flooding you with my own pictures when I get to go to RCA this year!

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  1. I was just up last night watching Ron Clark videos on YouTube. So inspiring! This book is on my TBR list for this summer, I can't wait to check it out.

    I entered the book giveaway, I'm bummed that I don't get to participate in the other since I don't have a Facebook page.

  2. I read Ron's books at the beginning of summer and WOW how inspiring. We both were nominated in the same year for the Disney Award...he won. Rightfully so, he is amazing! Thanks for sharing your posts as well. What a great blog!

    Renee at The Science School Yard

  3. What an awesome giveaway! I have Kim Beardens book on request at the library but they haven't received it yet. Thanks!

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  5. شركة نقل عفش
    اهم شركات مكافحة حشرات بالخبر كذلك معرض اهم شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام والخبر والجبيل والخبر والاحساء والقطيف كذلك شركة رش حشرات بالدمام ومكافحة الحشرات بالخبر
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة الجوهرة من افضل شركات تنظيف الخزانات بجدة حيث ان تنظيف خزانات بجدة يحتاج الى مهارة فى كيفية غسيل وتنظيف الخزانات الكبيرة والصغيرة بجدة على ايدى متخصصين فى تنظيف الخزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش واثاث


  6. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام


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