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What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World
     

What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World

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by Taylor Mali
 

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In praise of the greatest job in the world...

The right book at the right time: an impassioned defense of teachers and why we need them now more than ever.

Teacher turned teacher’s advocate Taylor Mali inspired millions with his original poem “What Teachers Make,” a passionate and unforgettable response to a rich man at a

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In praise of the greatest job in the world...

The right book at the right time: an impassioned defense of teachers and why we need them now more than ever.

Teacher turned teacher’s advocate Taylor Mali inspired millions with his original poem “What Teachers Make,” a passionate and unforgettable response to a rich man at a dinner party who sneeringly asked him what teachers make. Mali’s sharp, funny, perceptive look at life in the classroom pays tribute to the joys of teaching…and explains why teachers are so vital to our society.

What Teachers Make is a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America—and everybody who’s ever loved or learned from one.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An insult from “an arrogant young lawyer” delivered to a prize-winning slam poet led to a work that was “copied and pasted and e-mailed around the world” and watched on YouTube by millions; this led Mali to become “a poet with a plan to improve the world one teacher at a time.” In vignettes from his peripatetic career as a middle school teacher (teaching variously English, history, and math, in locations as widespread as New York, London, Kansas, and Maine), and in interspersed poems, Mali recounts his experiences as teacher and pays tribute to those who taught him. Thoroughly anecdotal, his examples of lessons, activities, and projects are offered, not as patterns to be followed but modes of liberation for teachers. Part memoir, part encomium, this prose extension of the slam “What Teachers Make” keeps an eye on pedagogical usefulness, while eschewing a manual tone. Although occasionally treacly, the slammer in Mali keeps the work straightforward, fast-paced, and trenchant. Mali’s goal, “to convince one thousand people to become teachers,” formalized in his the New Teacher Project, finds an effective boost in this evocative small book bulging with a big idea—“to remind teachers that they are dearly loved.” (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"It's a breezy listen, with Mali's writing and Verner's delivery often taking on poetic qualities." ---AudioFile
Library Journal
A former middle school teacher and now a teacher advocate, Mali wrote a poem, "What Teachers Make," that has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube and was read at Yale's commencement by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times. The essays here, on teaching hard work and reaching a difficult student, for instance, were inspired by the poem. With everyone debating the real value of what teachers do, here's a heartfelt explanation. A crucial book on a crucial subject; get it for believers and doubters alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425269503
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
131,476
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"It's a breezy listen, with Mali's writing and Verner's delivery often taking on poetic qualities." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

Taylor Mali travels the country speaking to teachers' groups and recruiting the next generation of classroom teachers.

Adam Verner has narrated over one hundred books, including the AudioFile Earphones Award winner Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck. Adam works as a full-time voice actor and on stage in Chicago.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 28, 1965
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Education:
Bowdoin College, Kansas State University
Website:
https://www.taylormali.com

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What Teachers Make 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TeacherMom1 More than 1 year ago
WHY IS THE NOOK BOOK MORE THAN THE HARDCOVER???
uvchef More than 1 year ago
Taylor Mali's love of teaching simply jumps off the pages. His book should be required reading - not only for teachers - but, for parents of students. A sterling example of what every teacher SHOULD be!
MsStein More than 1 year ago
"He died with his sword in his hand and so went straight to heaven." This book made me weep on many occasions while I read it, but no story so much as that of the Viking Warrior. These are the things that make teaching worthwhile. I love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a teacher feeling the weight of your daily job, a college graduate subbing day in and day out wondering if you will ever have a room of your own, or just need a peek into the definity beautiful business of teaching then spend an hour or two and read this book. You will finish it refreshef and humbled and ready to face another day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those you can, teach. Those who can't, legislate education reform! Bang on insight and comments from a teaching "insider", not just the usual claptrap from the people who think they know how to teach because they have kids or have spent less than five years trying to before they wash out or worse, become incompetent administratiors. Thank you, Mr. Mali, for giving me hope to go on in a system that continues to sabotage my best efforts, that does not recognise that NOT"everyone can teach", that promotes legislated, "teacher-proof" practices and encourages the deprofessionalizing of the teaching community! I will carry on!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago