Introducing Our “Just For Teachers” Page

Teachers Make a DifferenceTeachers have always had a special place in our hearts as many people in our family and many close family friends are or were in the teaching profession.  We know the importance and powerful impact that teachers can have on the lives of their students and recognize the importance of a message such as Pay It Forward being taught and reinforced in our schools.  We have had a number of lesson suggestions and Pay It Forward ideas that could be used in schools and classrooms that teachers have shared with us . . . and we feel it is necessary to share them with you all.

Click on the words “Just For Teachers” listed at the top of this blog page to see some of the great lessons and ideas we have collected to be used in the classroom.

We would LOVE to add to this page.  If you have a great lesson, bulletin board idea, activity, school-wide project, or would just like to share your thoughts and ideas about how you have used the Pay It Forward concept in your classroom or school . . . please send it to us so that we can continue to add to this collection.  Sharing is the perfect way to Pay It Forward for a teacher colleague!  🙂  You can find our contact information listed under “Contact Us” at the top of this blog page.

Today’s post reminds us of Taylor Mali’s poem entitled What Teachers Make.  Enjoy the read, check out our Just For Teachers Page, and know that your children are in the trusting and caring hands of teachers who truly do make a difference.  Have a wonderful day!


The dinner guests were sitting around the table
discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain
the problem with education.

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 and CEO’s of large corporations.
Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite conversation.

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 this policy about honesty and
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 and ensure that they complete every single piece of homework they have to do before they actually go home.

I make parents listen 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 great your son said today.
To the biggest bully in the grade, he said,
“Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?
It’s no big deal.”
And that was 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.
I make them read, read, read and I make them read some more.
I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, 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 on their final drafts in English.
I make them understand that if you’ve got the smarts,
then you follow your heart,
and if someone ever tries to judge you
by what you make . . . well, sir . . .

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
Teachers make a difference! Now what do you do?

Chase Made A Difference . . . Will You?


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