Motivation Monday: Don’t Judge Teachers!

It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Don’t Judge Teachers!

In this short TED talk video, we get hit hard with the brutal truth behind teachers–and “what teachers make” in society.

Taylor Mali, a full-time poet and vocal advocate of teachers, does not hold anything back when he answers the question: “What do you make?” And instead of giving us his salary figures, he gives us poetic and explicit details of what he really does with his students inside the classroom. 

After watching this TED talk video, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have teachers–countries around the world would do anything to have teachers like mine. And although his blunt approach was a little too much for my taste, I still enjoyed his performance; I appreciate the sacrifices that teachers do make for their students, so they can become future doctors, lawyers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, engineers, diplomats, or even high-ranking members of Congress (which is why I still believe Congress should do more for teachers than small business tycoons or Big Banks).

So this week, Don’t Judge Teachers! And don’t consider teaching as the best “option” in life!

Here is a couple of special shout outs to teachers who have helped me become the person that I am today:

Mr. Steve Patrick, 5th Grade Teacher, Coronado Village Elementary School

Mr. David Murray, Middle School Band Teacher, Coronado Middle School

Mr. Heaphy, World History High School Teacher, Coronado High School

Ms. Sandra Davis, Calculus AB High School Teacher, Coronado High School

Mr. Steve Merril, Spanish High School Teacher, Coronado High School

Dr. Carl Hammond, COSA Instrumental Jazz Teacher, Coronado High School

Mr. Robin Adair (Deceased), English High School Teacher, Coronado High School

Kawika Riley, Applied Politics Teacher, George Washington University

Prof. Ray Menegus, Calculus Teacher, San Diego State University

If you wish to watch more of Taylor Mali and his TED Talks go to:

To learn more about Taylor Mali, and contact him for bookings, go to:

You can also follow Taylor on Twitter @taylormali

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