A Fish Story

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Lessons learned by reading A Fish Story Abstract The Fish Story (Scudder, Samuel J. 1874 in Downing, Skip. 2005) is about a college professor teaching his class to dig deeper to find more answers without supervision. The lesson these students learned was to strive to find as many answers as they could on their own. This pertains to everyday life as well. By being left on their own to find pertinent facts about a fish, I believe these students learned a lot about finding facts in every aspect of their lives. A Fish Story There are always lessons to be learned in college. A perfect example of this can be found in a “Fish story” (Scudder, Samuel J. 1874 in Downing, Skip. 2005). This is a very enlightening story that I was assigned to read. In this short story a college professor asked his class to observe a small fish on a plate. The students, left to observe the fish on their own, of course thought the professor crazy. They didn’t understand why the professor left or what he actually wanted them to do. Some students even wondered why he was being paid to teach. Du Continue...

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I will use this new found knowledge in college as well as in everyday life. This time, the students tried a little harder and by using a book found in the class room, they wrote down a few more observations. I can apply this concept to my home life as well. It wasn't until the third class when the professor asked the same thing of them that they actually took time to really look at the fish. This story shows that we can overcome the mind set of doing minimum work and start reaching for higher learning. They learned that by digging a little deeper they were able to find things that they missed before. Not until I finally started doing some research on colleges and asking friends did I find that LeTourneau offered adult based classes. By cutting open the fish, one student found that the fish had another smaller fish in its belly. The following class the professor asked the class to once again observe the fish. ring the first class, the students only observed the obvious. By reading this story I learned several lessons about college as well as life. They only wrote notes on the size of the fish or about what color the plate was that the fish was on. Had this student not taken the time to dig deeper, he would have never found this piece of information about the fish. This learning experience is sure to reward the students with future endeavors.


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