Photo of Melinda SchermerhornI am often asked for the reasons I teach. I teach because of the relationships I have with my students. I teach for the banter and silly compliments about my scientific drawings, which require notations so students understand what it is I’m drawing. I teach because of the deep discussions that occur when I have once again veered off topic, and because of the questions my students ask, often about something I’m not even teaching. They all have a thought to contribute, and I get to be their listener. I teach because of the sense of wonder I feel when a student explains a solution to a problem that I never considered until that very moment.

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