Tuesday, April 18, 2006

what it was all for

So Friday was the day we'd set in first period to stand together in the middle of the room and place our animals in the zoo. I honestly had no more plan than that, and I told the students so. Someone suggested we make a circle with our desks, which we did. Then someone said maybe we should start with climate. Two people had ice-requiring creatures, the polar bear and the penguin, so we began with that. Sarah, the student with the polar bear, told us that polar bears and lions are the two most discontented zoo animals and we know this because they're the animals that pace the most. We ended up talking about quality of life and the difference between surviving and thriving and whether or not animals' freedom should be sacrificed for the entertainment and education of humans and whether or not animals recognize that they're free or not free. In the end, we pretty much talked ourselves out of creating a zoo. Sarah said she doesn't like zoos anymore.
Here are the three of the many wonderful lines I heard during the discussion that I managed to write down: "Platypus's don't care." "In the UK every swan is owned by the queen." "All that evolution is for nothing."
I don't care anymore if we make a zoo or write a paper or get our bibliography pages right. All that research had its fruition in that one 50 minute discussion as we sat like educated people, sharing not only what we learned but, more importantly, what our minds came to understand. The students taught each other, and they taught me. I was stunned, and elated by it. They were too.


Blogger Bernie said...

You were born to be a teacher, my friend!!

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Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

So, cool!

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Thank you!

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