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Thread: What teachers make..................

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    Super Member ljptexas's Avatar
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    What 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?"

    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 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.

    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.

    Teaching is... the profession that makes all other professions
    possible!

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    As a retired teacher, a big AMEN!

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    Oh thank you so much! This is by far the best I've read on this board. I am so proud to call myself a teacher-retired after 33 years. God bless every soul in every classroom!

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    Needed this after a long day - in the classroom - starting year #34. Thanks!

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    Well stated! Thanks.

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    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    As a fellow teacher - VERY good!

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    From a retired school librarian :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Thank you so much, Jodie. My husband and daughter are teachers and will thoroughly enjoy your story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerlady
    As a retired teacher, a big AMEN!
    As another retired teacher, AMEN AMEN AMEN...Naomi
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Excellent! I'm going to give a copy to my DGS to take to his teachers!

    As the Nana of an ADHD kid who was regarded as a "discipline problem" in kindergarten and Grade 1 and is now succeeding in Grade 5 in all subjects at the advanced level, I know this to be true!!

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    well said....thank-you :)

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    Thank you, well said myself and two daughter are teacher, I will share this with them

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    As a future teacher, it never fails to amaze me how undervalued teaching as a profession is. I should have moved to Finland (it's a very competitive and highly valued career there)!

    Without teachers, there would be no other careers!

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    As someone working on her degree in elementary and special eduction - I say amen !!

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    Thank you! I will be retiring from teaching in Dec. and needed a confirmation that it was all worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MawMaw B
    From a retired school librarian :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
    What MawMaw said!!

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    Thanks

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    Right on from all the teachers in my family, including retired little old me!!

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    I'm not a school teacher, but did teach 3-5 grade girls Sunday school class for awhile. Also, I come from a long line of school teachers. An excellent post! Teachers, especially in today's world need more praise and appreciate than ever.. Thanks to all the retired teachers, current and future teachers on this board. Kudos to you...

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    Teachers are never given the credit they deserve.
    Thank you teachers for me being able to read, otherwise I could not understand all the odd symbles that make up words so I can enjoy this board.

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    As a teacher I thank you for this. I am going to send it to my fellow teachers.

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    I think this Bonnie was my boss lady! Lead Teacher in Alternative (think America's Most Wanted)for 30+ years. The lady taught me so much!!

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    my Daughter is a 3rd grade teacher..i will share this with her..she works so hard at her chosen profession..loves her kids, and they love her too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas
    What 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?"

    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 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.

    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.

    Teaching is... the profession that makes all other professions
    possible!
    As a retired teacher I think this says it all.

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