The dinner guests were sitting around the table
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with
education.He argued, "What's a child 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
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of
Honour. 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, DVD 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.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for
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 maths.
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
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the
gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their
hearts, they c! an 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?
"I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.What do you make?"