The dinner guests
were sitting around 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 becoming a teacher?" He reminded the
dinner guests what they
say about teachers: "Those who can, do. Those who can't,
To stress his point
he said to another guest; "You're a teacher Bonnie. Be
honest. What do you make of it?" Bonnie who had the
reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to
know what I make? (She paused for a second, and then
"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 minutes without an iPod, Game Cube or movie
"You want to know
what I make?"
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the
"I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their
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
"I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance to
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 all succeed in
(Bonnie paused one
last time and 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
do you make?"