Killer lesson plans: Teachers as superheroes


Reader Bernarda noted this site in comments, and it’s good enough to promote more formally: Teachers as the alter egos of superheroes.

Teachers ARE superheroes, a lot of them. More than in other professions, certainly.

Which reminds me of this video. Teachers, you need to watch this sometime here in the first month of school. What do you say when someone rudely asks, “What do you make?” Wholly apart from the Ann Landers-style answer, “Whatever would possess anyone to ask such a personal question?” there is an answer to give, as explained by slam poet Taylor Mali; surely you’ve seen this before, but watch it again — to remember what teachers should be doing, as well as how to talk about it. See below.

You can support Mr. Mali. Just purchase a pen that includes that little poem.

You can support Mr. Mali and his campaign for good teachers in another way, too. Make sure that whenever you talk about this poem of his, you credit it to him. I think we as teachers owe that to artists, and other teachers, as part of our continuing struggles against plagiarism.

But we also owe it to ourselves to get credit to Mr. Mali. Odds are he has some other good things to say. When you properly attribute his work, you increase the chances that someone else will find the rest of his work. You increase the chances that some superintendent will hire Mr. Mali to speak to the teachers in his district. You increase the chances that someone will understand that Mr. Mali is a real human being who loves teaching — he is, in short, one of those superheroes we call “teachers,” even without a cape.

Uncaped crusaders need compliments, too.

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7 Responses to Killer lesson plans: Teachers as superheroes

  1. [...] Taylor Mali is one of my usual suspects for inspiring teachers. He does a great job, with just a tinge of profanity (appropriately placed, many teachers argue – if they ask for it, you have to give it to them). [...]

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  2. [...] Taylor Mali is one of my usual suspects for inspiring teachers. He does a great job, with just a tinge of profanity (appropriately placed, many teachers argue – if they ask for it, you have to give it to them). [...]

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  3. Jennifer Frantz says:

    I love the Taylor Mali poems I have read. You can really feel the emotion. I recieved them as gifts when I completed a long term sub position and will forever treasure them. They bring tears to my eyes from the emotion that I get when I read them. Thank you to people like Taylor Mali, I hope I can be an advocate like you someday!!!!:)

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  4. [...] 5th grader Dalton Sherman inspires Dallas teachers “Do you believe in me?” Taylor Mali is one of my usual suspects for inspiring teachers. He does a great job, with just a tinge of profanity (appropriately placed, many teachers argue – if [...]

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  5. [...] Taylor Mali . . . The last line of Taylor Mali’s slam poem about what a teacher makes – remember [...]

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  6. [...] Now, excuse me, but I have to go listen to Taylor Mali again. [...]

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