The university where I work held its annual convocation last Friday, and, unlike previous years, we had a speaker worth listening to. So much so, in fact, that I wanted to share him with you.
His name is Taylor Mali -- he's a teacher and a slam poet, and I have to admit, I have no idea what a slam poet is. I do know he's brilliant and hilarious. I hope you enjoy him half as much as I do.
The first video, "The The Impotence of Proofreading," appeals to the English teacher in me. The second, "What Teachers Make," is a wonderful summary of the difference teachers have made in all our lives. Please forward the link to all the gifted teachers you know.
Mali ended up being our convocation speaker because he's the author of a book of poetry called What Learning Leaves. It's a short read -- I highly recommend picking it up!