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Jeffrey Pflaum   @jeffrey_pflaum

Jeffrey Pflaum @jeffrey_pflaum

Jeffrey Pflaum has been an inner-city elementary school teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, for thirty-four years (NYCDOE, retired in 2002). He worked as a creative writing, whole language, social studies, gifted/talented, physical education, and mentor teacher in grades K – 6 and special education. Pflaum coached middle school boys and girls basketball teams and one of his players became coach of the Pace University team. Tennis was also taught on the elementary school level to lower grade kids as part of the NY Junior Tennis League Program founded by Arthur Ashe.


Pflaum considers himself a teacher-developer-researcher experimentalist who created successful education projects in emotional intelligence, social and emotional learning, reading, writing, poetry, thinking, creativity, vocabulary expansion, concentration, and intra- and interpersonal communication skills. He has written articles for professional newspapers and publications about his curricula. Various programs appeared on web sites such as ERIC and CASEL/Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning (“Experiences, Reflections, and Insights”).


One program was featured at the International National Council of Teachers of English at NYU as one of the best examples of English Language Arts in the NYC Public Schools, K – 12. His students’ poetry and prose have been published in college, writers’, gifted secondary, and children’s literary journals, magazines, newspapers, and by major commercial book publishers; read on public radio (Poetry-In-The-Morning, WNYE-FM, sponsored by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative/NYC); and, won honors and awards from PBS, Channel Thirteen/NYC. One student, Noel “Speedy” Mercado, became a top NYC disc jockey on WKTU-FM.


Pflaum published an inspirational book about adolescent reading lives titled MOTIVATING TEEN AND PRETEEN READERS: HOW TEACHERS AND PARENTS CAN LEAD THE WAY (Rowman & Littlefield Education). For book reviews, go to http://www.examiner.com/review/motivating-your-kids-to-read to see Kecia Burcham's response to the book, and also, The Teachers College Record for Karen Polk's insightful article. For Karen Polk's review (8/24/12), from the Teachers College Record, google "MOTIVATING TEEN AND PRETEEN READERS - Teachers College Record."


Go to www.JeffreyPflaum.com for more articles on "Contemplation Writing," Meditative Writing Ideas, Internet radio interviews, published student poetry, and newspaper articles about his book on motivating adolescent readers and Inner Cities Arts Project. His recent interviews on Contemplation Writing can be found at these "Pure Imagination" links: http://prn.fm/2012/07/14/pure-imagination-071312 and Pure Imagination - 07/13/12 | Progressive Radio Network. A second interview on "Connect With Julianna" (Toginet Radio Network) about "Contemplation" or "Music" Writing can be found at these links: http://bit.ly/iTFbk7 and http://bit.ly/t5FA0W; or, Connect with Creative Educator and Author, Jeffrey Pflaum.


Pflaum is currently a regular blogger on The BAM Radio Network's blog, ED Words, where posts about a plethora of his projects can be found at: www.bamradionetwork.com/edwords-blog/blogger/listings/jeffpaul. Also, he is a contributing writer for EDUCATION VIEWS at: www.educatnviews.org/author/jeffreypflaum/

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The themes, plots, experiences, and stories of my students cover a wide range of everyday, real events, and also, surreal happenings that impact adolescent life.  The beauty of “Contemplation” or “Music” Writing is that it gives kids the freedom of expression that leads to self-discovery, self-motivation, and ultimately, self-education.  Their inner worlds are activated by the music and trigger the desire to write about whatever they experienced inside themselves.  Even on a really “bad” day for any given child, music can bring him or her into a “better head” or mindset and inspire contemplation despite the lousy mood.  The Music Writing motto was always “Get into it, and get it out.When you read the “themes” I culled from their writings, you will see that students followed through on it.  If you have read my previous post (#4) on the “categories” of student contemplations, you should notice that many of these themes fit into them.

 

THEMES FROM STUDENT CONTEMPLATIONS

 

(1)  Money can’t buy happiness

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THE SLOW WALKING KINDNESS REFLECTION ACTIVITY FOR KIDS 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)

 If you enjoyed my BAM post on Mindful Walking, please try a second experimental reflection activity with your class.  When I created this new activity, I thought I was asking too much from students, teachers, and myself.  So I attempted the slow walking kindness reflection activity (yes, you heard that correctly) and was totally surprised after completing the body-and-mind journey.  Check it out yourself to see if it works for you.  Follow the step-by-step instructions that will come up in the article and experience the effects/affects of the multi-sensory exercise good-for-kids-and-adults.

BAM PULSE RADIO PODCAST SERIES:

"The Slow Walking Kindness Reflection Activity for Kids"

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Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger on BAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network's new show, PULSE (category: "Classroom Innovation").  Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.

Psychological Stories for Kids: Reading and Life Comprehension 

Want to communicate with your students about what you believe are crucial ideas for living in this scary brave new world?  Experiment: Make up your own original lessons so kids know where you’re coming from, loud and clear.

 

“Here I Am, Here I Am: A Tale of Two Worlds” is a surreal story activity that shows children connections between reading life and real life.  In fact, isn’t this one key continuing and open-ended conversation in education: to relate literature to life?  Even more important: Isn’t the idea a road to self-motivated readers?  Many articles you see describe how to engage kids in reading, but, for the most part, have little to do with the real deal, intrinsic motivation, which is, in my opinion, and also, supported by the research, fundamental to developing leisure-time and lifelong readers.

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Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger on BAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network's new show, PULSE (category: "Classroom Innovation").  Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.

 

Traveling with Students on a Lifelong Haiku Journey

 

“Education begins with poetry.” (Confucius)

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Jeffrey Pflaum, blogger on BAM, is also hosting CREATIVELY SPEAKING on the network's new show, PULSE (category: "Classroom Innovation").  Please check out the 12-minute podcasts on creativity, creative thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.

 

Mindful Walk Activities Take Students Places

 

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