Thursday, August 28, 2008

Taylor Mali - My Favorite Teacher & Poet

Taylor Mali is a teacher and a poet. His website includes a blog, podcasts, audio clips, an extensive photo library, an online store and samples of his work. GO TO:

Here is a great YouTube video that I show to all of my student teachers.
Taylor Mali on What Teachers Make

Here is a great slideshow made of Taylor Mali's poem.
Originally on Slideshare, by Ethos3 - here

From his website: "A native of New York City and vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, Mali himself spent nine years in the classroom teaching everything from English and history to math S.A.T. test preparation. He has performed and lectured for teachers all over the world.... Generally considered to be the most successful poetry slam strategist of all time, having led six of his seven national poetry slam teams to the finals stage and winning the championship itself a record four times before anyone had even tied him at three, Mali was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO original series "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.""

Taylor Mali is sharp, witty and extremely cool.
And he wants more people to become teachers.
I want more teachers like Taylor Mali.

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