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A Contemplative Communicator in the Cyberspace Age
Jeffrey Pflaum has been an inner-city elementary school teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, for thirty-four years. He worked as a creative writing, whole language, reading, social studies, gifted/talented, physical education, and mentor teacher in grades K – 6 and special education.
Pflaum considers himself a teacher-developer-researcher-experimentalist who created successful education projects in social-and-emotional learning, emotional intelligence, creativity, poetry, reading, writing, visual thinking, contemplation, character, values clarification, and vocabulary.
He has written many articles for magazines and newspapers have published pieces about his original curricula. Various programs such as “Experiences, Reflections, and Insights” appear on ERIC and CASEL (Collaborative for the Advancement of Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning).
Pflaum posts articles about his Contemplation Music Writing Project on the Bam Radio Network’s blog, EDWords, which serves the greater education community, and also, Edutopia. The 25-year contemplation project is a chapter in a pioneering book titled, Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Teens and Kids edited by Dr. Christopher Willard and Dr. Amy Saltzman (Guilford, 2013). His students’ poetry and prose was 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 and Anything-Goes-In-The-Morning, WNYE-FM, sponsored by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative); and, won honors and awards from PBS. One student, Noel “Speedy” Mercado, became a top NYC disc jockey on WKTU-FM. Pflaum published an inspirational book about adolescent reading life experiences titled Motivating Teen and Preteen Readers: How Teachers and Parents Can Lead the Way (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2011).