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

Former middle-school teacher and teachers' advocate Taylor Mali struck a chord with his passionate response to a man at a dinner party who asked him what kind of salary teachers make-a poetic rant that has been seen and forwarded millions

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

Former middle-school teacher and teachers' advocate Taylor Mali struck a chord with his passionate response to a man at a dinner party who asked him what kind of salary teachers make-a poetic rant that has been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali's sharp, funny, reflective, critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today. It's a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America-and everyone who's ever loved or learned from one.

AUTHOR BIOS: Taylor Mali travels the country speaking to teachers' groups and recruiting the next generation of classroom teachers with his 1,000 Teachers campaign. He lives in New York. Learn more at www.taylormali.com.

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.)
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.
Kirkus Reviews
A longtime educational advocate and public speaker praises the noble art of teaching. Incensed by a flippant remark from a young attorney at a party, teacher and poetry scholar Mali channeled his anger into a poem on the virtuosity of teachers. He posted it on his website, and the verse has been circulating ever since. The author has become a renowned public speaker in recent years with podcasts, a blog and a flashy website. He also undertook an unprecedented journey from standardized classroom instruction to launch his ambitious "New Teacher Project," an initiative seeking to direct 1,000 people into becoming teachers. In channeling their ability to "see a child's potential objectively, untainted by family history and parental expectations," Mali believes teachers energize their students to excel beyond what's routinely called for; starting this reinforcement process at a young age is imperative, he writes. Obviously passionate about his career as an educator, the author extols the importance of routine calls to parents when children shine. He also encourages a "question authority" mindset in his students while personally remaining humble and progressive with electronic grade books. Through anecdotes, poetry and classroom examples, Mali proves himself a dedicated, caring teacher within what he considers a hobbled American education system. The author's slim, appealing book delivers a powerfully positive message, but it's also a valentine to teachers everywhere, as well as a healthy dose of reality to parents who may misguidedly consider their child's teachers as little more than educational stepping stones. Big, bright life lessons in a pocket-sized package.
From the Publisher
“An inspirational tribute to teaching and learning.”—Booklist

“A valentine to teachers everywhere. Big, bright life lessons in a pocket-sized package.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Straightforward, fast-paced, and trenchant. An evocative, small book bulging with a big idea—to remind teachers that they are dearly loved.”—Publishers Weekly

“I think every teacher will appreciate Mali’s passion for teaching and his insightful wisdom. However, it is a book for all of us—not just teachers.”—Norwood Transcript & Bulletin (Massachusetts)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399158544
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/29/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"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 with his 1,000 Teachers campaign. He lives in New York. Learn more at 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.
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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