WHAT TEACHERS MAKE (OR, IF THINGS DON’T WORK OUT YOU CAN ALWAYS GO TO LAW SCHOOL)
He says the problem with teachers is What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher? He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about teachers: Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.
I decide to bite my tongue instead of his and resist the temptation to remind the dinner guests that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.
Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite company.
I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor. Be honest. What do you make?
And I wish he hadn’t done that (asked me to be honest) because, you see, I have a policy in my classroom about honesty and ass-kicking: if you ask for it, then I have to let you have it.
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. How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups. No, you may not ask a question, so put your hand down. Why won’t I let you go to the bathroom? Because you’re bored. And you don’t really have to go to the bathroom, do you?
I make parents tremble in fear when I call home: Hi. This is Mr. Mali. I hope I haven’t called at a bad time, I just wanted to talk to you about something your son said today. To the biggest bully in the class, he said, “Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?” And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.
I make parents see their children for who they are and what they can be.
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, write, write. And then I make them read. I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful 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 on their final drafts in English. I make them understand if you’ve got this [brains], then you follow this [heart], and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make, you give them this [the finger].
Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true: Teachers make a goddamn difference! Now what about you?
“When you date someone, you have the markers on the way, right: You kiss, you have The Talk, you say the Three Little Words, you sit on a swing set and break up. You can plot the points on a graph. And you can check up with each other along the way: Can I do this? If I say this, will you say it back? But with friendships there’s nothing like that. Being in a relationship, that’s something you chose. Being friends, that’s just something you are.”—Tiny in Will Grayson, WIll Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (via vladimirblue) (via wamiv) (via notveryraven) (via effyeahnerdfighters)
“There’s no way not to lose fights. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t fights worth fighting. But it does mean that thinking that you’d only be happy when you win is the surest way of never being happy. The only real way to win is to not care when you lose.”—Hank Green (Vlogbrothers; 2010) (via suyen) (via effyeahnerdfighters)
Toy Story 3 was fantastic! Are these moments slightly intense for a children’s movie? Yes. Is this a children’s movie? Arguably, no. Toy Story 3 was clearly made for those of us who were children when the first two movies were made, who are now in college or about to be, and are dealing with the issue of letting go of our childhoods. Phenomenal film. I wept.
Day 1 — Your Best Friend Day 2 — Your Crush Day 3 — Your parents Day 4 —Your sibling (or closest relative) Day 5 — Your dreams Day 6 — A stranger Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from Day 15 — The person you miss the most Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country Day 17 — Someone from your childhood Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to Day 23 — The last person you kissed Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day Day 28 — Someone that changed your life Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror