Birds and Shit

I did it this year – I brought poop into my classroom today.  I did my “alive/dead/not-living” lesson today, as I do in the beginning of every school year.  The lesson includes an activity where students circulate through about 14 items, where they have to determine if the item is alive, dead, or not-living.  It helps to prime the kids on what it really means to be alive (biologically speaking).  It’s a brilliant lesson borrowed from my mentor/coach from my first few years of teaching, Eric.  It’s a hit every time, and really gets the kids thinking about common characteristics/processes that all living things share.  Today, the lesson was a smash – because now I’m the teacher who brings dog shit to class (in a sealed baggie).

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glasses: warby parker beckett – shirt: anthropologie pintucked buttondown – jeans: f21 – shoes: birkenstock arizona – tracker: fitbit flex – watch: fossil

last week

It’s my last week with my seniors.  So I’m ending physio class with a bang: fetal pig and cat dissections.  One kid cried, another (future marine) had to leave.  Other than that, there were happy faces all around.

FYI, all students pictures are over 18 and have given consent for the photos.

It’s teacher appreciation week.  I got some love today.  Warm fuzzies all over.

put your hand on your heart and tell me…

We dissected sheep hearts today in my Physiology class.  “this was the highlight of my year, Ms. Scheck”, a student said.  That one tugged at my heart strings for sure.  Which by the way, if you’ve never dissected a heart before, heart strings are a real thing.  They hold your valves in place so to speak.  Here they are below:

Today was a good day.