While on vacation I stopped in the souvenir shop at the Library of Congress. I stumbled upon an adorable little book titled ‘What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World‘ by Taylor Mali. I had never heard of it but I instantly fell in love.
It begins with Mali’s poem about What Teachers Make. His poem is fiercely inspirational and digs its claws into you in an instant, launching you into the following chapters. He explores many aspects of teaching. I picked up a few really great ideas that I cannot wait to implement. He also shares great words of wisdom, personal experiences, and explains his goal of inspiring individuals to join such a great profession.
This book is a quick and valuable read. And while I feel his initial goal is to inspire individuals to join our amazing profession, I strongly feel this a teacher of any level can gain something from these chapters. Personally, I am a fairly new teacher, with very scattered experience, and this book brought me to a happy place at the end of a long year. It threw a log on the fire and kept my motivation burning.
I also walked away from his words with some great ideas and improved mindsets on a few topics I had been dancing around thus far in my career.
If you know anyone who would make a fantastic teacher, or you know someone already on their way – do them a huge favor and gift them this book. I wish someone had handed this baby to me when I was in graduate school. In a way it shows those who are working to join the profession what they are fighting for, and for those of us already in the field it strengthens our motivation and our desire to be great teachers!
Check it out for yourself!
You can catch Taylor Mali on Youtube performing his famous poem here.
Visit his website here.
Snag a copy of this fantastic book here.