“What Teachers Make”

27 Nov

“Taylor Mali (http://taylormali.com), one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement… Mali is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having himself spent nine years in the classroom”

He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world, and his New Teacher Project has a goal of creating 1,000 new teachers through “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.”

If you’re an educator, it may leave you empowered. If you’re not an educator, it may have opened your eyes.

How could a video like this one inspire your students to engage in “poetry slam”? What is the benefit of spoken word in video form? Does this technology impact students in a positive way?

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One Response to ““What Teachers Make””

  1. Amy December 4, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    I LOVE this guy. As a teacher, it can be pretty discouraging when people don’t seem to appreciate what we do. “Oh you only work until 3:00” they say; or “You get 3 entire months off!” they say. What they don’t realize is that after 3:00, we are grading papers, or helping students, or running clubs. And in our time off, we are preparing for the next wave of teaching, so that we may better help our students achieve – taking courses, attending workshops, or better yet – working second jobs BECAUSE we don’t make decent salaries. Why is it that doctors can be revered for saving lives and have one of the highest-paid professions, but teachers who give struggling kids hope and who teach them what they need to know in order to have a future are seen as “only teachers” who get can never hope to make anywhere near the salary of a doctor? Don’t teachers also save lives?

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