What makes a teacher the proudest?

Answer by Drew Gormley:

I had a student walk into my room after school (half day) before Christmas break. He was "bored." How he could be bored on the first day of vacation was beyond me. He finally had freedom, and we had only finished school 20 minutes before.
So I asked him what he wanted to be as an adult and he said "Lawyer."

My father was a lawyer, studying in his patrolcar while he worked for the police department, and his journey through law school, to his first office in an empty building to his eventual success, ten years into his career, stuck with me always. I felt qualified to help him. I knew how much work it took to succeed in that field.

So I told him, get the phone book, and call every law firm near you and ask to work for free there.  They will say no, your job is to try, their job is to say no. Eventually, you'll find someone who doesn't say no.

He left, I forgot about it. Kids usually ignore what you teach. But when I got back from Winter break, he'd already started interning at a law firm, the 21st one he called.
The firm later played a key role in his adult life too, so somehow I did a great thing teaching him to work the phone, and not be afraid to hear "NO".
I consider that my biggest teacher victory. I taught him courage.

What makes a teacher the proudest?


What are some transformative short stories?

Answer by Mike Schoultz:

I like to network with school teachers, because they often have great stories to tell about incidents in the classroom and what they learn from students. The following story came from one of those school teachers.
In this story, a class of students was asked to list what they thought were the current ‘Seven Wonders of the World’. While there were certainly some differences in the lists created, the following received the most votes:
Egypt’s Great Pyramids
The Taj Mahal
Grand Canyon
Panama Canal
Empire State Building
St. Peter’s Basilica
The Great Wall of China
While gathering the student lists, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the young girl if she was having trouble creating her list.
The girl replied:  Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.
The teacher told her:  Well tell us what you have and maybe we can help.
The girl hesitated and then read her list to the class:
To see
To hear
To touch
To taste
To feel
To laugh
And to love
The classroom got so quiet that you could have heard a pin drop.
The things we overlook as too simple and ordinary are the easiest to take for granted, aren’t they?
Yet they are truly the most wondrous of all!

Mike Schoultz is the founder of Digital Spark Marketing, a digital marketing and customer service agency. With 40 years of business experience, he blogs on topics that relate to improving the performance of your business. Find them on G+, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

What are some transformative short stories?

What are some good short stories?

Answer by Sanjay Kumar Rao:

He always bought oranges from an old lady.

After they were weighed and paid for and put in his bag, he would always pick one from his bag, peel it, put a segment in his mouth then complain "it's sour" and pass on the orange to the old lady.

The old lady would put one segment in her mouth and retort, "why? it's sweet," but by then he was gone with his bag.

His wife, always with him, asked, "the oranges are always sweet, then why this drama every time?"

He smiled, "the old mother sells sweet oranges but never eats them herself. This way I get her to eat one, without losing her money. That's all."

The vegetable seller next to the old lady, saw this everyday.

She chided, "every time this man fusses over your oranges, and I see that you always weigh a few extra for him. Why?"

The old lady smiled, "I know he does this to feed me an orange, only, he thinks I don't understand. I never weigh extra. His love tilts the scale slightly every time."

Life's joys are in these sweet little gestures of love and respect for our fellow beings. And in giving…… Not in money.

What are some good short stories?