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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

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 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.


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ISBN-13: 9780425269503
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 184,818
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Taylor Mali spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math and SAT test preparation. A vocal advocate for teachers and the nobility of teaching, he speaks around the world about teaching. He has a goal of creating new teachers for his Quest for One Thousand Teachers Project through the power of “poetry, persuasion, and perseverance.”

Visit him online at taylormali.com, facebook.com/TaylorMaliPoet, and twitter.com/TaylorMali.

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Making Kids Work Hard 9

Your Child Is My Student 15

A Poet Becomes a Teacher (and Vice Versa) 25

Calling Home 33

Lightbulb Moments and Happy Accidents 41

Definitely Beautiful 51

Keeping Your Eye Out for the Teachable Moment 57

In Praise of Thoughtful Uncertainty 65

Encountering Genius 73

The Student Becomes the Teacher 79

My Best Day as a Teacher 85

E-mail, Islam, and Enlightenment (Insha'allah) 91

Lessons You Can Touch 97

The Value of What You Cannot Test 105

No One Leaves My Class Early for Any Reason 111

My Bad (Apologize and Mean It!) 115

MEG: Mali's Electronic Grade Book 119

Teachers Make Technology Work! 127

Thinking It Through: The Timeline at the Back of the Classroom 133

What Teachers Get: Presents from Parents 139

Fighting Back Against the Attack on Teachers 145

Where Do the Best Teachers End Up? 155

The Importance of Mentoring 161

Teachers Who Made a Difference for Me 167

The Quest for One Thousand Teachers 177

There Can Never Be a "Lost" Generation 191

Epilogue 195

Acknowledgments 199

Note on Poems 201

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Grateful Grads: Thanking Teachers

Taylor Mali

I grew up writing thank-you notes. Real, honest-to-goodness, pen-and-ink, stamped and posted letters. More than simple habit, it's about what the commitment to expressing your thoughts and feelings in writing says about the character of the writer. About the joy such notes bring to the reader. Creation of such happiness is enough rank writing thank-you notes as one of the most important things in life.

It has to do with gratitude. Being thankful for where and who you are today. Expressing that thanks to the people who helped you get there.
Teaching is a field peppered with unexpected rewards, like gratitude. Knowing what it is like to strive in this field, and what one word of thanks can mean to a teacher, I urge everyone this graduation season to thank his or her teachers.

In many ways, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World is just one big thank-you note to my teachers. The book is dedicated to my fifth and sixth grade English teacher, Dr. Joseph D'Angelo, a massive force of erudition, martial artistry, culture, and love. It is a collection of learning experiences that made me who I am, and it documents teachers and students who taught me a lifetime of invaluable lessons.

But you do not have to write a book to say thank you. And although I hate to admit it, an actual letter really isn't necessary these days either. An e-mail or phone call will do. Or better yet, a heartfelt thanks at the upcoming ceremony. It makes a world of difference to a teacher. Almost better than a snow day.

When students have thanked me in the past for being their teacher, I have always felt that it was actually my love for the art of teaching they were speaking to. They weren't really telling me I was a great teacher so much as they were saying, "I can see that you love what you do, and that made it fun to be in your class. It was great to be taught by someone who didn't just view teaching as something they did, but who they were."

No graduation speaker will ever tell you that the future is anything but uncertain. It never is. But graduations need not only be obsessed with looking ahead; a graduation can be a day on which we turn back and trace our steps to see how we ended up where we are.

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