March 2020 SOLC–Day 12
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The timing was perfect.
We were playing Jeopardy yesterday to review what we’d been learning about systems and the human digestive system in particular. I’d divided the class into two teams. Team Banana was up. Team Watermelon looked on anxiously.
“Large intestine for $400,” the student from Team Banana called.
I clicked, and the question appeared on the screen.
I read aloud,“What do you call the sphincter at the end of the large intestine?”
Team Banana went into huddle mode, turning to each other and immediately giggling and comparing answers. Clearly they knew this one! They quickly agreed on their final answer.
Just as they turned and in one loud, enthusiastic voice declared, “The anus!”, the classroom door opened and our Principal walked in. My finger, already in downward descent, clicked the see-answer button. The words “The Anus” appeared, emblazoned on the screen.
Team Banana cheered.
Team Watermelon groaned.
The Principal looked slightly taken aback.
I started laughing.
It was priceless.
At the end of the day I mentioned to our principal how perfect his timing had been. He admitted that after hearing the kids roar “The Anus” as he’d walked in, he’d had to resist the temptation to comment, “That’s Mr. Anus to you!”