Friday, March 23, 2012

Giveaway: WHAT TEACHERS MAKE by Taylor Mali

I don't often request books for review, but when I found out that Taylor Mali had a book coming out based on his famous poem, I was dying to read it. Not only did Putnam send me a review copy, but they are also amazingly generous in offering 3 copies of this inspiring book to my readers. Check out my review here.

What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World by Taylor Mali
Publication Date: March 29, 2012
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 197
Format: Hardcover
Copies Available: 3
Genre: Nonfiction
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Former middle-school teacher and teachers' advocate Taylor Mali struck a chord with his passionate response to a man at a dinner party who asked him what kind of salary teachers make-a poetic rant that has been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.Based on the poem that inspired a movement, What Teachers Make is Mali's sharp, funny, reflective, critical call to arms about the joys of teaching and why teachers are so vital to America today. It's a book that will be treasured and shared by every teacher in America-and everyone who's ever loved or learned from one.

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  1. I am an elementary school librarian and I would love to win a copy of this book.

    My favorite teacher (one of them) was Mrs. Honeycutt. She encouraged my love of reading and story telling.

    Bevelry aka Booklady

  2. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Boles. She encouraged active learning a model I tried to follow in my own class when I became a teacher. I have so many fond memories of that year but the most came from our unit on ancient Egypt. We created mini-mummies and when that wasn't enough Mrs. Boles bought chicken wire and we wrapped poor Randy Brown in it to create a mummy mold. Then we paper mache-ed it and created a life-sized version. She passed away when I was in college studying education and I remember thinking how sad it was that the world lost such a wonderful teacher.

  3. One of my favorite teachers was my 4th grade teacher, Ms. Rose. As a first year teacher, we were her first students, and she treated us as her own. She read aloud to us every day after lunch, and we hung on every word. She allowed us to truly express ourselves through our writing and creativity. The students in that class bonded into a family! We invented projects and presented them for "funding," had a Greek festival and dressed up as gods/goddess, and so much more. She is an inspiration to me as I teach.

  4. My favorite teacher was my high school AP Calculus teacher. The class was the most challenging class I have ever taken, and he pushed us so far past our limit. It was frustrating at first, but at the end of the year when our class took the AP Calculus exams our entire class passed with flying colors. He taught me that when your students don't believe in themselves, YOU, the teacher, need to believe in them, and help push them to their limit. I'm so grateful for having him as a teacher, and he has been a great inspiration to me.

  5. My favorite teacher was my 9th grade English teacher. She really revolutionized my thinking about writing and what good writing consisted of. She introduced our class to a lot of really great books as well. I will always be grateful for the year I spent in her classroom.