This is a great lesson for all who think teaching is easy.
We all know they have never done it or they would know better.
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He
"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option
was to become a teacher?"
He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers:
"Those who can, do... Those who can't, teach."
To stress his point he said to another guest;
"You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest.. What do you make?"
Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,
"You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...)
"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents
make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.
You want to know what I make?"
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table.)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write.
Keyboarding isn't everything.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to
about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were
work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.
(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)
"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make,
with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high
and pay no attention because they are ignorant....
You want to know what I make?
I MAKE A DIFFERENCE. What do you make Mr. CEO?"
His jaw dropped, he went silent.
This is worth sending to every great teacher you know.....even all your
personal teachers like.....