Tuesday, January 30, 2007

To every teacher out there I say THANK YOU!!


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.
He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life 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 are 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 if this student has been barely passing. I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 minutes 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 criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it. Not just say I'm sorry, but I am sorry for....... I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in math.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe. I make my stud ents stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, because we live in the United States of America.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, 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, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant... You want to know what I make?
What do you make?"


Scribbit said...

My kids have been blessed to have had some great teachers over the years--some have become legendary in the district.

Patti said...


Anonymous said...

and you are one too! We love our teachers!

Tee/Tracy said...

So true! I'm proud to say my older sister is a teacher :)

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