Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"What Teachers Make" by Taylor Mali

This video, produced by SemiColon Productions, is a beautifully done version of Taylor Mali's poem, "What Teachers Make."  The endless attacks on teachers and the mindset that we are somehow greedy monsters for asking for a salary that is in line with our level of education and expertise gets to me sometimes, especially as high-stakes testing takes more and more of the fun and creativity out of the profession.  A big thank you to Taylor Mali for a poem that gives me a shot of encouragement every time I hear it and reminds me why I will always be a teacher.  And much more gratitude than I can ever express to all the wonderful, caring teachers I have known over the years.  Most of all, this video reminds me of my grandfather, a teacher to the core, and my inspiration to be a person who makes a difference in the lives of children.

For homework, go thank a teacher.