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Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom

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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: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia A. E. Peterson on September 29, 2008
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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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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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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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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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this book is full of wonderful gems. i am a public school teacher and with every story i found myself laughing and crying in a very good way. i was reminded why i teach and for that i am thankful. i would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for something that will not only touch your heart but crack it wide open.
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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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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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I absolutely love this book. It takes a lot for a book to keep me interested. And I can honestly say that this book kept me interested through every chapter. Now I would love to see what happened to the kids in this book. Can't wait to read more books by the author.

I have bought this book as a gift for several friends and some of my kids teachers, and they love the book as well.

I recommend this book 100%. You will be pleased.
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