I was struck today, however, at the number of phrases being legitimately tossed around, by unflinching ninth graders, that would give a stranger passing by my open door whip-lash. For example, as a way to better learn the organs and structures of the reproductive systems, and solidify the process of fertilization, my students are asked to write a short story entitled "The Epic Journey of the Sperm," being as creative in their story-telling as they see fit. As class ended today, I told one group that they would have a bit of time next class to finish up but not much. They looked concerned so I asked how far progressed they were to which one student replied, shouting across the room to be heard over his peers:
"We're in the vagina. Is that far enough?"I smiled inwardly and said that it should be fine. This might be an awkward time for my principal to do a walk-through observation.