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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Taylor Mali Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781452676272
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's a breezy listen, with Mali's writing and Verner's delivery often taking on poetic qualities. AudioFile
  • “Straightforward, fast-paced, and trenchant. An evocative, small book bulging with a big idea—to remind teachers that they are dearly loved.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With everyone debating the real value of what teachers do, here’s a heartfelt explanation. A crucial book on a crucial subject; get it for believers and doubters alike.”

    Library Journal

  • “An inspirational tribute to teaching and learning.”

    Booklist

  • “It’s a breezy listen, with Mali’s writing and Verner’s delivery often taking on poetic qualities.”

    AudioFile

  • “A valentine to teachers everywhere. Big, bright life lessons in a pocket-sized package.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/16/2014

    " I thought it was going to be a strictly call-to-arms speech, but it turned out to be highly informative and even gave me a few good teaching ideas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cappy | 2/5/2014

    " In truth, most teachers have written this book in their heads or in stories told at cocktail parties, but it is refreshing to see that we're not the only ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Hodgson | 1/27/2014

    " Years ago, I read the poem, watched the video (you should, too), and thought: you go, man! And that one poem turned me on to other Mali poems, which were also powerful and beautiful. So, I was excited to see that he was using that famous poem as the narrative structure of a series of essays about teachers. This book is a keeper. And when you are done ... pass it on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn Graham | 1/15/2014

    " This book just seems to perpetuate the myth that the joys of educating kids should be payment enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 12/18/2013

    " If you've ever thought of being a teacher, admired a teacher, had a teacher...hell, if you read books, you should read this. Chock-full of insights into the world that teachers now live in, the challenges that they face, and the joy they can bring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K Fritch | 11/27/2013

    " I think the original spoken word piece is a lot more powerful than the extended blabbering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 11/25/2013

    " There are few books that can be legitimately said to deserve a 6-star rating in a 5-star system. What such a book must contain has to be overwhelmingly important and extraordinarily well-written. This is one of those books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/20/2013

    " A fantastic and inspirational read for all teachers or people who "think" they know what teachers do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 11/11/2013

    " I'll keep it simple: If you are an educator, if you aspire to be an educator, if you regularly work with children in any capacity... you MUST read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 10/26/2013

    " This book is wonderful to read to help re-inspire teachers. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steph | 8/3/2013

    " As teaching books go, this was nothing that made me really laugh or cry. If you want a good teaching book, read Thirty Three Third Graders and One Class Bunny. Much more memorable! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/31/2013

    " After watching his youtube video, I wanted this book. He recounts his years in the classroom. I actually took notes while reading this!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Comparette | 7/30/2013

    " Every teacher should read this book! It reminds you why you chose to teach in the first place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serendipitous | 1/30/2013

    " good book about the joy of being a teacher "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annah | 12/19/2012

    " Read this today while perusing the education shelves at B+N. Mali, following his renowned poetry by the same name, puts some of the most intangible aspects of teaching into words. Loved it and what it stands for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 11/19/2012

    " A great short read. If only teachers were treated with more respect and paid better.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 10/27/2012

    " I suddenly want to buy this book for every teacher, every coach, every librarian, and especially for every F-ING ANNOYING PARENT I have ever met. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 8/28/2012

    " A short, sweet essay collection that is part memoir, part practical teaching advice, part poetry, but that is always inspirational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Smith | 3/30/2012

    " So great! A rejuvenating read after an amazing, empowering conference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Yavenditti | 3/30/2012

    " Great book. Taylor Mali came to my school, St. Luke's, the day of his release party. He's a wonderful speak and a great writer. "

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About the Author
Author Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., and one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement. He is the author of two books of poetry, What Learning Leaves and The Last Time as We Are, and four CDs of spoken word. A passionate advocate of teachers, he travels the country recruiting the next generation of teachers with his 1,000 Teachers Campaign. Taylor lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Adam Verner is a full-time narrator with over 250 titles recorded for ncompanies such as HarperCollins, Recorded Books, Brilliance, Blackstone Audio, AudioGo, Tantor, Oasis, Audible, Highbridge, eChristian, Dreamscape, and Zondervan. He is the recipient of three AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for Voice Arts awards by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences. He holds an MFA in acting from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.