Friday, March 27, 2009

WHAT DO TEACHERS MAKE? Did a Teacher make a difference in your life?

This was forwarded to me in an email earlier this week and I like it so I wanted to share with others; there is no author listed on the forwarded email.

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 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 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.


Even all your personal teachers like mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and your spiritual leaders/teachers - Pastor's/Priests/Clergy. Make a difference today and e-mail it to everyone on your mailing list, for they matter!

End of What do teachers make?

My wife is a teacher and a very good one. I think that a lot of people have a mis-conception of the "glorious" life of a teacher. There are a great deal of benefits to being a teacher and I do not deny that. Many people don't feel that they work hard. I am here to tell you they do. On school days, my wife leaves the house at 7 am and usually gets home at 6 pm. But, there are differences in teachers. She cares. She LOVES her job and tells me how much she loves her job everyday, every single day. She works with kids who need extra help. Even if you consider Teaching a cushy job, would you want to do it? Would you want to deal with irate parents who are too proud to believe their kids may need extra help? Can you imagine teaching a 3rd grade student how to do 2ND grade math, just because they don't get it as easy as others? Can you imagine trying to discipline kids who know you cannot do anything to them? I know I couldn't do the job that teachers do and GOD bless them. Teaching truly is a calling and a gift, thankfully we have people who LOVE what they do and do it well. So the next time you criticize the "cushy" lifestyle of a teacher, think back, I will bet there is a teacher in your past who influenced the course of your life. I know I have had several. How about you?

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