What do teachers make?

What do teachers make?

The dinner guests were sitting around the
table discussing life. One man, a
CEO, decided to explain the problem with

He argued, ’What’s a kid going to learn from
someone who decided his best
option in life was to become a

He reminded the other dinner guests what
they say about teachers: ‘Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.’

To emphasize 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.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class
time when their parents can’t
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 know in 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

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

‘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?’

He went silent.

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