What Teachers “do”

Came across this and thought it was relevant.   This doesn’t apply to all teachers or all CEO’s, but those entrusted with a child’s education DO make a difference.

What do Teachers Make?

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’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 can’t make them sit for 5 without an iPod, 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 know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God, 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, 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.


2 responses to “What Teachers “do”

  1. I like that.

    I just read this the other day for the first time. It is actually from a poem by Taylor Mali – here: http://www.taylormali.com/index.cfm?webid=13 Very cool. Somebody showed me a video of him on YouTube. I don’t have it bookmarked, but you could probably search his name. He is talking about how people have no conviction in what they are saying when they use “Whatever” and “Like” in every sentence.

    He reminds me a little of John Taylor Gotto. Not exactly, but he does have some of that attitude.

  2. I love it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked how little money I will make when I tell people that I’m a certified teacher. Do they think I was misled into actually thinking I’d be rich doing it?

    PS: Halfway done with the K. Kittle book.

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