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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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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- and critical thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.

 

INNER CITIES: The Lives of Children through their Prose and Poetry

 

The original student poetry in the article comes from There’s a Soul Arising in My Mind, which was read on the public radio show, “Poetry-In-The-Morning” on WNYE-FM, sponsored by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative in New York City.

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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.

 

Johnny, Wake Up and Read, Wake Up and Read

 

The motivation to read is about an inside feel, what a child experiences in his mind, imagination, and body while reading.  If Johnny is distracted, the images, feelings, thoughts, reflections, real life experiences, and worlds normally open to him, get lost in a maze of self-talk, confusion, misunderstanding, and finally, lead to a boring reader.  Throw in the electro-techno world of computer/video games, the Internet, and social media to his life with their high-speed action, imagery, buzz, and brain-frying fun, and you now have a child whose concentration is divided between his uncreated imagination and the external surreal pictures and universes inviting him to playtime.  And don’t forget that many children are turned off to reading because of an obsession with testing, test prepping, and test scores: Why would Johnny wake up and read—and for fun?

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Techniques to Jumpstart Students' and Teachers' Creativity

 

“Creativity takes courage.” (Henri Matisse)

 

The education establishment is now recognizing the importance of creativity, a sadly forgotten learned skill and art, so there is a chance the core of the Common Core might sneak back into the classroom once again after years of absence.

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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 and critical thinking, EI, social-and-emotional learning, and more.

 

COMPREHENDING AESOP: Fables that Enable

 

Aesop, an amazing human being, whose fables, allegories, and parables are as true today as they were in his day, yes, a scary thought, and if you don’t believe it, reflect on and think about some of the morals to his “contemporary” tales:

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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.

 

“A Penny for Your Thoughts”

 

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