National Poetry Day Poem: What Teachers Make

October 8, 2009

In keeping with the theme of education and teaching (and also in celebration of National Poetry Day), I would like to share another video by Taylor Mali.  I hesitate to share it with you here because I know that it has been featured on many blogs out there…however because it is so powerful (and because it ties in so well with The Providence Effect), I thought I would share.  I remember attending the National Poetry Slam in Chicago back in the 90s and watching Taylor deliver this poem in person and being blown away.


1 lori October 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I loved this and hadn’t seen it prior to today, so thanks for posting it!
I tried a few times to actually snap a photo of my goosebumps to send to you, but my camera resolution wasn’t fine enough.

Seriously, that gave me goosebumps. It must have been amazing to see in person.
Thumbs up! And, thank you. 🙂

2 Tim October 8, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Lori: LOL…A picture of goosebumps would be funny. Thank you for sharing your reaction to this. As you can tell by the number of videos that I have shared of his, I’m a big admirer of Taylor Mali. He has admitted on his web site that he’s on a mission to attract 1000 new teachers. He’s almost had me a few times and this is a powerful sales tool. Have a great evening!

3 Nadia - Happy Lotus October 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Hi Tim,

Very cool. 🙂 Talk about passion. It is always nice to see people giving their all and the world could use more awesome teachers.

Have you ever thought of going into teaching?

4 Tim October 9, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Hi Nadia:

I agree with you about teachers…I know we don’t value teachers in this country nearly as much as we value professional athletes otherwise they (the teachers) would be getting paid much more. I’ve thought about going into teaching, but I’ve always had big reservations. One of my best friends is a teacher and I’ve hung out at a lot of parties hearing some interesting stories–none of which have inspired me enough to teach. I never say never, though.

5 Jason of Kim & Jason November 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Tim, I LOVE this video. Kim and I also had the honor of seeing Taylor live, last year in Phoenix for the National Speakers Association Convention. I hadn’t heard of him previously, but he performed a few poems, including this one. He had a lot of people standing on their chairs cheering by the end. Goosebump central. Even though most of his audience weren’t teachers (at least not in the traditional sense), it reminded me how powerful a person with real passion and conviction is. Very inspiring.

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