What teachers make

Heard this during promotion ceremony today. Questions asked, so why do you choose teaching?

My answer is pretty simple actually. At the end of the day, I like the subject and like sharing about it. Thats all. Don’t really dare to mention about making a difference and stuff. That depends I guess.


A poem by: Taylor Mali

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 that it’s true
what they say about teachers: “Those who can…do.
Those who can’t … teach.”

To corroborate, he said to another guest: “You’re a
teacher, Susan,” he said. “Be honest. What do you

Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness,
replied, “You want to know what I make?”

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they
could. I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal
of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the
student did not do his or her very best.”

“I can make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence.”

“I can make parents tremble in fear when I call home”

“You want to know what I make?”

“I make kids wonder.”

“I make them question.”

“I make them criticize.”

“I make them apologize and mean it.”

“I make them write.”

“I make them read, read, read.”

“I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely
beautiful, and definitely beautiful over and over and
over again, until they will never misspell either one
of those words again.”

“I make them show all their work in math and hide it
all on their final drafts in English.”

“I make them understand that if you have the brains,
then follow your heart…and if someone ever tries to
judge you by what you make, you pay them no

“You want to know what I make?”

“I make a difference.”

“And you? What do you make?”


One thought on “What teachers make”

  1. hi Mr. Lim! I got a new wordpress blog! Come see if you are free, the earliest post is written for you cos I was inspired by you to have a blog of my own, my second besides cheryllovesjaychou in Blogspot. :)

    Anyway, did you enjoy today’s assembly? So fun, right? The class wanted to nominate you for the English insult thingy but the moment we decided to call you, you walked out…(sigh) Haiz. But anyway, thanks for playing a part in the teachers’ skit today! The music was super on time and attention-catching and everything blended well because of the music! Even though the outstanding performance by the principal and teachers wowed the audience, you are appreciated too! I know you put tremendous effort in collaborating with Mr. De Sousa in making the music go nicely with the transitions. Good job, Mr. Lim! :)

    Btw, dun be tongue-tied if anyone questions you why you are a teacher, or gives you the “Teachers can’t do nuts” look. Just tell them straight, that being a teacher is one of the greatest, most enriching and fun occupations ever. Teachers are the BEST people in the world, they educate, guide, nurture, they are their students’ role model, they are their students’ parents in school and good buddies, always there for them whether appreciated or not. :)

    Haha, know why I know so much? Cos my present Biology teacher is one example. :D

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