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The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in America

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An unforgettable year in the life of a visionary high school science teacher and his award-winning students, as they try to get into college, land a date for the prom . . . and possibly change the world.

Andy Bramante left his successful career as a corporate scientist to teach public high school--and now helms one of the most remarkable classrooms in America. Bramante's un
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Ballantine Books
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Shoshanna Ford
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic tale of innovation, creativity and perseverance, this story is sure to inspire.

I love stories about truly fantastic teachers. Educators who take seriously their roles in the lives and futures of students. Andy Bramante goes the extra mile, and his students shine because of it.

This book was everything I didn’t know I needed. Highly recommend!
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: schools, teaching
Feeling down about the world these days? This is the book for you. It's the true story of an astonishingly brilliant group of students and their teacher, Andy Bramante. Bramante is everything a teacher should be: guide, leader, inspirer, motivator, problem-solver, brainstormer, navigator. You will be breathless with anticipation as you follow a group of scientific-minded high school students come up with ideas for inventions, discoveries, and scientific breakthroughs and follow through with rese ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
In this engaging account, a high school science teacher works with his class of bright, driven students tackling experiments and preparing for prestigious science fairs. The reader follows their progress through the year from the perspectives of the teacher and some of the students. Well-researched and clearly presented, this is also a page-turner as the reader roots for the students’ success (or in some cases, just for the ability to get their act together). The author does a fine job of transl ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am usually a sucker for inspiring teacher stories. And I usually try to push through books for review (Thanks, NetGalley and Random House) even if I don’t enjoy it. However, this book (sort of) focusing on Andy Bramante and his super smart, motivated Greenwich students just was not my cup of tea. I abandoned it 30% of the way in.
Some of my issue was with the writing itself. There was weird time and pacing throughout and no clear organizational method. It seems like it would be organized by An
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC of this Book through Goodreads. In return for an honest review!

Andy Bramante, former Corporate Chemist turned Teacher, well ok Educator. I say that because he doesn't really teach the kids in his class he educates them on how to achieve things or how to run an experiment. Yes, a lot of people will say these kids are given far more than a lot of kids in science classes are ever given, the elite few you might say? But I disagree, why? Because Andy is using his contacts and his own exp
Jennie Rosenblum
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is exactly as the description states. If you are looking for how this teacher has been successful, meaning what he does, this is not the book. It is however an accounting of a few specific students and the amazing work they are doing but it is basically their story and not the teacher’s. It is broken down by each student and follows them throughout the year.

I was a little put off by the author making it appear that the teacher was struggling in a well to do area, with a salary of over $120
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting story of a scientist who leaves corporate life to teach in a high school. This is HIS story as well as the teens that he teaches and guides into the vast world of winning science competitions. While the book is interesting, the organization of the material left much to be desired in my opinion. It was sometimes hard to track the backgrounds of the teens and keep them all straight as their continuing stories were constantly interrupted. Over all though, a worthy read.
Kate (kate_reads_)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my all time favorite non-fiction reads and I strongly recommend it to everyone. I couldn’t put it down. I’m sure this will be in my top reads of 2019.

In The Class - we follow Andy Bramante - a high school research science teacher - and his students through the 2016-2017 school year and the science fair circuit. You might be thinking “really? I should be interested in reading about science fairs?”

Yes - you should!! Within the first 12 pages, I was fully hooked and sending texts to

Descriptions of this class made me a bit twitchy. Basically, anything goes. The kids do self-directed projects, maybe. If they don't get started working on anything, ok. If they start working on something and then wander off and ignore their project for months on end, ok. If they ignore their project and then have to work nights and weekends to get it done on time, then the teacher has the lab open for them to do that. I would not be a very understanding teacher if these kids were wanting me to
mike watson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for writing this book. I currently tutor elementary students in Reading and Math and have opened up Stem activities and Problem Based learning to them. Our students are not the best learned and most definitely do not come from well to do families. But, our students want to learn. They struggle with the most simple things in their life and most of the times it is their parents and their lives.
I can see the possibilities in each student I work with. I feel Andy's emotions when the autho
Crystal Arzu (Bookish in Midlife)
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book wasn't at all what I expected. Math and Science were not my strongest subjects in high school, but they were my favorites because of the Teachers had. The Class reiterated the notion that the teachers are the foundation of growth. This story about what some may deem as an ordinary HS classroom in Greenwich, CT turns into a tale of hope and inspiration. These are truly the formative y
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
As a teacher I love reading books about other teachers, their schools, their joys and their sorrows.
In this book we read about Andy Bramante, who has traded in his job in the corporate world to become a science teacher His students do not have a set curriculum, but spend the entire year learning from hands-on research projects of their own choosing. These projects lead them to enter a variety of high stakes science fairs that can provide full-ride college scholarships.

I enjoyed reading about se
Katrina Lorfeld
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I had no idea there was such an intense world of science fairs out there! These kids and the research they do are amazing. This teacher is inspiring. Interesting read following "a life in the year." The writing sometimes left something to be desired, but being able to be along on the science fair circuit ride with this crew made it worth it. ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

My rating for this is really 4.5 stars—it was so entertaining, incredibly well-written, and very engaging. You root for these kids all the way through, as the author allows them to really be multi-dimensional humans and not just “nerdy teenagers” or “entitled brats.” To me, that’s the real genius of this. It’s not made for TV, glossed over with morals and lessons all packaged neatly; that element is there, in a way, and the story is inspirin
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book compelling and as easily readable as fiction, and for many families whose children live in underfunded school districts, this indeed must seem like a work of fiction. Connecticut has a high per-student funding in education and it shows. There were so many exceptional students that even though the author focused on a handful, I understood how exceptional this science program and teacher are.

With the right amount of coaching and independence and science equipment, these students
Susannah Meadows
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dear people who are always looking for a good book recommendation. Lucky for you, "The Class" by the gifted reporter Heather Won Tesoriero is about to come out. She spent a year embedded in an elite high school science classroom, observing the kids' extraordinary minds, their wondrous teacher, elaborate prom proposals, their extraordinary efforts to both change the world and get into Harvard, and perhaps most interesting, their failures. The kids' brightness is incomparable--a thing of true awe. ...more
Robbie White
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I became so involved in the students, their science projects, and their college admissions that I could not put this book down. I loved the idea of the class and wish that i could go back in time and participate in something similar. I had some amazing teachers and classmates that would have benefited from these types of opportunities.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own. :-)
Morgan Potter
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book is very well told and entertaining. The author tells the story using many views and perspectives to accomplish her ultimate goal. It’s amazing to see what these kids are able to discover and how Andy led them there. The book tells a honest tale and doesn’t shy away from the hard details.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was utterly captivated by this book. It made me want to find the nearest science fair and just walk around looking at posters I don't understand like some sort of weird groupie. It made me want to talk to every high school science teacher I know about how more students can find these kinds of opportunities for independent research. And perhaps most telling of all, it made me hopeful about the future.
To call this an account of a high school science research class and their successes on the com
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Class should be required reading in all teacher preparation programs! I loved the dedication of Andy Bramante to his students and his program. He is exactly how all teachers should be. Think of the change in public education if his drive and dedication was the norm rather than the exception.

I enjoyed the way The Class was laid out - following the experiences of several students throughout the year. I found myself rooting for some students and worried about others. It was nice to read about
Dick Whittington
Outstanding & true story of the creativity, brilliance, problem solving and accomplishments of the students and teacher in a single science class at Greenwich High School throughout the science fair competitions of 2016-17. In awe of these young adults preparing to change the world.
Patricia Romero
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book about Andy Bramante. A teacher who has taken teaching to another level. His passion to see his students succeed is one that we don't often see in the public school system.

His students are entering science contests I had never even heard of! And winning! Not with your standard rotating planets or baking soda volcanoes. No, they are looking for cures for disease, amazing inventions and prize money that exceeds anything I've seen.

We follow a year in his classroom. No text books, n
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. A fascinating glimpse into the world of science fairs, brilliant kids and an amazing teacher.
Christine Hiller
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars...what a wonderful and inspiring story. The kids in the class blew my mind and their teacher exemplifies everything that is good and right about education.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won
I won a copy of this book.

Every school has that one teacher that goes above and beyond for their students. Andy Bramante is that teacher. Andy's students are amazing too. They've won awards from Google, Siemens, and ISWEEPand, just to name a few. And we're not talking small winnings; Some kids can win up to $100,000. This book follows Bramante and his kids as they navigates a year in classroom.
Bill Lubaway
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent until author decided to ruin the last Chapter on William (ch 51) by expressing her snotty views about Trumpian times, Melanie and Betsy DeVos. William and I didn’t deserve that. Skip ch 51 up to pg 413 where William takes over for the doppelgänger.
Lois R. Gross
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I was able to read this book through the auspices of NetGalley. I thank them for the early look.

Andy Bramante is the kind of teacher that everyone should have at least once in their educational career. A career changer, he left a successful career in corporate chemistry to teach in one of the most exclusive school districts in the country, Greenwich, CT. With a median income of on average $100,000 (average income is much, much higher), and stratospheric property taxes, the Greenwich Public Schoo
Luke Goldstein
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a parent to young boys, few things hang above me like a guillotine, ready to slice away the future I want for them. One of the most frightening questions: What school should I choose? Parents love to idealistically think it won’t matter where they go. Our children will blossom and flourish in any environment, but we know the truth. Schools matter. The teachers inside those schools matter. The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher, His World-Changing Kids, and the Most Inventive Classroom in Ameri ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vine, non-fiction
I was completely awed by this book about a public high school science research class in an affluent area of Connecticut. Andy Bramonte has no lesson plans, no curriculum, and gives no tests. He mentors scientifically gifted students to produce innovative and meaningful independent research projects that win top honors at the most prestigious science fairs in the world.

It would be easy to dismiss Andy's success as being due to his good fortune at teaching in an affluent school district, but that
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a retired teacher and I love to hear/read about amazing educators who change kids for the better. Stories of teachers usually fall along the lines of To Sir, With Love or some other "teacher reaches the unreachable students" story. Not this one. Mr Andy Bramante teaches a high level science research class in Greenwich CT. It is a wealthy upscale community and the students often drive BMWs and Mercedes to class. They vacation on tropical islands, belong to country clubs and are given many adv ...more
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“Romano could do with hearing. He’s arrived at the class thinking that for his work to be authentic he needs to personally construct every single aspect from scratch. It’s as if he’s tempted to don some snorkeling gear, collect mussels, and extract the L-DOPA himself. He doesn’t realize that science is a discipline that constantly and necessarily builds on pre-existing work—which doesn’t in any way undermine ingenuity and new discoveries.” 0 likes
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