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5.0 out of 5 starsA book for students, parents, and teachers. Great read.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
Chris Bowen can write. And he can write so you get the emotion he got out of the experiences he writes about. Tale after tale that pull at your heart strings or twang your funny bone. They come from his direct experience with life. Uplifting and rewarding. The reader can pick up some of Chris's leanings from his comments, but that is not a bad thing. I enjoyed it a lot, looked forward to reading it every day until I turned the last page. I'll re-read it again in the future just for the good feelings it generates. Now, if President-elect Trump would appoint him as Secretary of Education, we might see some change coming. Think I'll tweet that.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Insight into the classroom
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2017
As a teacher I really appreciated the insights and anecdotes within this book. I found it to be both entertaining and informative. Bowen writes with an ability to find the humor in the 'tragedy' that inevitably accompanies any writing about public education. The result is a wonderful sense of optimism and hope for parents, students and aspiring teachers. I definitely recommend this book to anyone, even if the only category you fall into is the one of 'former' student. The stories are relevant and the writing style makes for an easy read.
5.0 out of 5 starsBowen shares some wonderfully insightful stories into the public education system
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2016
Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom was an incredibly heart-warming book. Having been lucky enough to have had some incredible teachers during my high school experience, this book reminded me once again just how much students are impacted by positive individuals. Filled with anecdotes from his years of teaching, Bowen shares some wonderfully insightful stories into the public education system. Students, parents, and teachers alike would do well to read this book to truly get a glimpse into the world of education. Funny and inspiring, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the ups and downs of teaching the future.
I am a huge fan of this author. To me a good writer is one that can make you laugh out loud reading one essay and then turn you to tears in the next. Reading his poignant prose is a vacation for me, a step into his world but really the world we should all take more notice of; our kids, children, students. They are not all fuzzy feel good moments, some dark truths, and Bowen helps to remind us of the high notes we can seek out in all of the experiences. Bowen's wry wit is on par with other favorite reads of mine. P.S. I have already shared his writings with my writer friends:)
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2008
This book was recommended by a friend. I have a daughter who is a teacher in Junior Hi School and was going through some hard times with some of her student's attitudes. I called her and told her I had just purchased this book and was sending it to her. She called me about a week later and informed me of how the book was a blessing because it refreshed her spirit. This book addressed some of the very things she was going through in her relationships. She loved it! She thanked me for thinking of her and said she was telling others about it. Thank you Mr. Bowen: Tony Del Rio
I remember Strable school and Memorial school in the late 60s and early 70s. Some memories fonder than others.
Chris Bowen wrote a nice collection of stories that I can relate to as as parent. I can see how he won the title of Teacher of the Year and hope other teachers out there strive to deliver the same education to our kids.
I'm glad I downloaded Bowen's book and will recommend it to others. It would make a great gift for teachers as well.
I read a few chapters and then I stopped. I was expecting actual ways in which one can learn to build relationships in the classroom but the book seems to be filled with stories about Mr. Bowen’s life experiences and classroom events; there is no real techniques or strategies being discussed here.
I. Loved. It. You had me at George Bailey. As a parent, this book renews my faith and hope for public education in America. The author offers an intimate look into his own life and the lives of his students, revealing the very qualities that make Mr. Bowen worthy of such an esteemed title of Teacher of the Year- his style is engaging, accessible, compassionate and humorous.
Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom reads like fiction, tapping in to a range of emotions- and as a good book often does, it left me wanting more.
I would recommend this book to anyone involved in the field of education. A wonderful reminder to experienced teachers and a poignant view for those just starting out...I would also recommend this book to parents with young children. It is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the day to day experiences that take place everyday in America between children and teachers. The fortunate children have teachers like Chris Bowen in their lives.