Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Come Again?

Last year I decided to document all the surprising and often humorous questions that got asked during our annual unit on the human reproductive system, after several years of wishing, in hindsight, that I had.  I'm not sure if I jinxed the novelty of it by doing so, or if I've simply become immune and very little seems strange to me now, but this year the questions have not been that out of the ordinary.

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.

5 comments:

jsmarslender said...

: ) I think it just might be far enough!

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