There was a TEACHER who was giving an
INTERN direction who once told the story of a priceless
antique, BOWL that fetched a fortune at a public auction.
The BOWL had been used by a HOMELESS MAN who died poor,
under one of Miami's expressways, quite unaware of the
value of the BOWL with which he used to beg for pennies.
When the Intern asked the TEACHER what the BOWL stood
for, the TEACHER said, "The BOWL stands, for YOU!"
Asked to elaborate, the TEACHER said, "To be a good
teacher, you must not focus your attention on the penny
knowledge, the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test, the HSCT (High School Completion Test) or the PSAT
(Pre-Scholastic Assessment Test) or any of the external
criteria that seeks to command your attention.
You will grow and glow as a teacher paying attention
to the BOWL, paying attention to your STUDENTS, whose
minds you will mold to hold the internal knowledge."
The TEACHER told the young INTERN - Promise Yourself:
To be so focused on the STUDENTS that nothing can disturb
your efforts to help them achieve;
To talk encouragement, diligence, and achievement to
every STUDENT that you teach;
To make all of your STUDENTS feel that there is something
To think only the best of your STUDENTS, to work only
for the best for your students, and to expect only the,
best from your STUDENTS.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give
every STUDENT you meet a smile;
To be too caring for confusion, too honorable for hostility,
too dynamic for dread; and too competent to permit a STUDENT
EACH IN YOUR OWN HEART - EACH IN YOUR OWN WAY - LET US
CALL UPON the,TEACHER of all TEACHERS, to strengthen us
as we affirm humanity NOT tearing each other down, but
lifting each other up. Touch those who have assembled
here to continue our efforts to sow in the fertile soil
of our STUDENTS' minds, wisdom that our STUDENTS may grow
and develop that unquenchable thirst, that unsatisfied
hunger and that continual tug to be honorable in their
behavior, friendly in their disposition, fruitful in their
thoughts, devout in their dedication, successful in their
study, and high scorers in their testing. Strengthen us,
to understand that it is not so much what goes in the
BOWL - it is the BOWL itself, our STUDENTS, who are our
sacred responsibility. Now at this time, we thank YOU
for the men and women we honor here tonight as well as
the others who have been sent to direct us to the center
of YOUR will, as we do, YOUR work YOUR way for YOUR glory.