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ISBN-13: 978-1432724535 ISBN-10: 1432724533

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432724533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432724535
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Come read the book that was most recently featured on the Dr. Phil show.

Chris Bowen has been the Teacher of the Year for his high school, for his school district, and was most recently honored as Teacher of the Year for Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County currently employs over 80,000 teachers. His most important key to success with children is building that personal relationship with each child. There is a huge difference between being tough and being strong. Anybody can be tough with a nine year old, but it takes the strength of patience, empathy, and honesty to build the more effective, lasting relationship.

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I found this book to be sweet, familiar and very well written.
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It was just the book I was looking for to inspire me before student teaching and to start reading in my free-time again.
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Thank you, Chris Bowen, for sharing your stories, your insight and your passion for children.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia A. E. Peterson on September 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a public school teacher and loved this book. I could relate to many of the stories that made me laugh out loud and also brought me to tears. Chris Bowen's optimistic outlook on the children of our future is inspiring. I highly recommend this book to other teachers, parents or readers in need of catching a positive glimpse of todays classroom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. C. Smith on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Chris Bowen is the type of teacher that a parent could wish for their child. This book, each chapter telling a different story, touches deep in the soul of the reader, as a former student, as a parent and as one would hope a teacher would be.
To form a bond with a student is a rare find these days and Mr. Bowen goes above and beyond to form that bond with at least one student (I'm sure he reaches many more than one) per school year. He writes about the teachers he had in the past who influenced him, who saw the diamond in the rough. Chris looks for that diamond in the students and for some, he works that extra bit to make sure that student shines.
I wish I could have this book a MUST READ for all teachers who truly want to impact a young child's life. Sometimes, under hard circumstances, a child does not get fullfilment from their home life, for whatever reason, and for a teacher to see that and pick up on the needs of that child, well, that is what makes Chris Bowen a wonderful teacher, writer and loyal confidant to the students he has influenced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Bowen on December 2, 2008
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As a someone who is studying to be a teacher, sometimes it gets hard to remember why I am doing this while getting lost amongst content standards, lesson plan rationales, and assessments. The biggest imspiration behind teaching is the chance of making a difference in a child's life. Not many classes offer lessons in doing such a thing. This collection of stories celebrates the differences we can make and reminds us why we are writing lesson plans til late in the evening. This is a great book for anyone preparing to be a teacher. Keep this book by your bedside while getting through your teacher certification.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Skorka on May 13, 2011
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The minute I opened this book I was drawn in with the powerful stories and the vivid images the author creates. As an 8th grade teacher dealing with the everyday stresses of reaching out to students, I appreciated the reminder to remain empathetic to other's plights. As a parent, the stories helped me understand what elementary school teachers do for my kids (and everyone else's) everyday. Order this book now, you won't be disappointed!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Wren on May 8, 2009
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I am a parent of school age kids. Interesting to see school from a teacher's perspective and inspiring that there are some teachers out there that put this much thought into their interaction with the children that they teach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miguel A. Rojas on May 4, 2009
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An inspiring book. It is neither a manual on teaching techniques nor a guide on strategies to meet state-mandated standards. This book is about what we can learn from our children. Each chapter is a lesson learned, not just a lesson taught.

Reading about his experiences in the classroom reassured my belief that many students, if not all, require much more than a teacher, especially when so many of our children are lacking when it comes to stable family relationships.

The stories in this book struck a personal chord. The chapter titled "A Fresh Dreamer" was particularly poignant. I came to the US when I was 14. This experience has shaped my adult life and continues to shape my future and the future of my family. I now work with recent immigrant children who find themselves in the same situation I was in nineteen years ago. The American Dream is alive and well in them. I help them adjust to their new country and they help me remember what I once was. Teaching is a two-way street and Chris captures the essence of what it means to be a true teacher to our children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Minton on October 11, 2008
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I have been a teacher for ten years which isn't long in the realm of teaching. I began as a teacher ready to change the world, and I've become a teacher committed to raising test scores. Chris Bowen's book rekindled that inner passion and memory of teaching as one who sees each and every child as special and not just as a test score. I was so surprised by his honesty and wit, and I look forward to returning to the classroom as the "old" me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria D. Clark on February 10, 2013
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As a speech therapist in the public schools for 19 years, I have recently felt disheartened with the path special education has taken and consequently find myself questioning the reasons I entered this field. Mr. Bowen's words have reminded me why I chose this profession. I have purchased two copies, one for me and one to inspire my equally disheartened collegues.
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