Tuesday, August 27, 2013


parable |ˈparəbəl|  noun
A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.

I have no idea if this story is true, but it certainly holds its own as a parable.


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 are 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 if this student has been barely passing.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make them sit for 5 minutes 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 criticize.

I make them apologize and mean it.  Not just say I'm sorry, but I am sorry for.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

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 identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

I make my students stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, 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, 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?"

Fun --

I have been told that falcons do not nest in trees.

(That right, Alison?)


We're getting there ...


  1. They like cliffs and city cliffs (skyscraper tops) so no, I've never heard of one nesting in a tree. But yow. My older son went through some hurricanes in Florida like that. Fun part is they tended to blow alligators into random places, too. Watch your step!

  2. That's a Thunderbird!