Commentary: The Underlying Life Lesson

by: Joe Barnhart

Are you, as a science teacher, ever left exhausted at the end of the day wondering, “Is it really worth the effort?” After over 50 years on this Earth—the author can safely say yes, it is. However, he is not a science teacher, and this is not an article on teaching methods, pedagogy, or an engaging activity. This is a story about the end result, which relates to all levels of instruction and curriculum, interdisciplinary or otherwise, and the lasting impression of good science teachers. Here he describes how his beloved science teacher, Mr. Richard, had a profound and positive influence on his life—which awakened during his sophomore year in high school.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2008Stock # tst08_075_06_12Volume 075Issue 06

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