Why Bother Teaching Science?

By Adam Lang It’s a sad fact of teaching that students often don’t retain as much of the knowledge they learn as their teachers would like. Especially if that material is not built upon or reviewed, it can sometimes lead the despairing teacher to ask the question “Why bother?” Most people, when asked what they remember from high school biology, can tell me that “the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell” and that’s about it.  So when I began teaching life sciences at Augustine School (Natural History of West Tennessee and Biology), I was thoughtful in asking what I …

Wide-Eyed Wonder

By Adam Lang, Upper School Science & Math Teacher I began our first class of the semester last week by asking a simple question: “What is this desk made of?” Several of the students, recalling that I had said we would soon begin a unit on matter, eagerly and smugly answered that the table was made of “atoms”, “molecules”, and “matter” (when all I was looking for was “wood”). After asking them what those things were, one student answered that it was what things were made of, and that’s all there was to it. I could see it in their eyes. …