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Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

I would have to choose a teacher I never had in school. Growing up I had friends on the neighbourhood street, and one of them had a father who was a high school science teacher, yet during one summer he kept a large group of us 7 and 8 year olds entertained, and educating us about the world we live in. From making logs burn with different colors, which also caused my dad to call the fire department, when I conveniently forgot to mention it to him. Also seeing the teeming life found in the pond in a nearby ravine, through a microscope. To learning that ants love sugar, but hate pepper, and all sorts of other discoveries. He was probably the reason I took all three sciences in high school, and why to this day I still enjoy learning about the world around me through observation. Unfortunately time has caused me to forget their family name, as its been over four decades, since I last saw them, and we were only neighbors for 2 grades and one summer holiday.  So to Jim’s dad, thanks for expanding my horizons, and the life long love of the scientific method. It was this scientific approach that finally convinced me to follow Buddhism from the paths I had been exposed to as a child, so you never know what knowledge will lead to.


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5 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet

  1. Love this post..I was going to take this challenge too – but all I kept thinking about was my second grade teacher who kicked me out of Brownies because I took the badges from her desk (I loved the badges, but I guess I didn’t want to do all the stuff you needed to do to earn them)…

  2. Jims DAD LOL!!! LOVE IT!!! I am HORRENDOUS with names!!! Sounds like a good time!!!

  3. I’ve had many great teachers during the years, but I would say that the first -and probably one of the best- has been my mom. My grandfather- her dad- was a high school science teacher, who taught biology, chemistry, and physics. He was a very wise, fair man, who, like your favorite teacher, loved to share his knowledge with others. My mom continued that tradition with us, making every walk, every excursion outside a true learning experience. I think she is one of the main reasons I pursued a higher degree in plant biology!

    Thanks for this post- not only was it a pleasure to read about your experience, but you also helped bring back some wonderful memories.

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