Checking Up Those Legs and Legs and …

snerfuStarred Page By snerfu, 14th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Convincing students that things are real can get out of hand…until you get real. Turtles are relatively small and easy to deal with but for the octopus you need a much larger kettle. Drums beat a call to retreat when reality bites…er octopus bites.

Getting arms around a news story

We had been quietly enjoying a salad and coffee when this news item hit us. “There was a rumpus at the Erdvale High School campus and there was flying arms and legs all around.” Naturally, we were off like a shot. We made it to the school campus and met the headmaster.

He was sitting in his garden looking pale. “We wanted the boys and girls to involve in history and evolution study chapter conducted by the Old Boys Association of Erdvale High School. They got carried away!”

Counting legs and arms

It was true many had to be carried on stretchers for treatment. We were still missing the point.
“What got them fighting in the first place?”
The headmaster was looking for a hideaway. He had seen too many arms that day.
“It was the octopus.”
So, the old fellow was running away from an octopus!

Progress through innovation

He looked around the garden. He pulled his chair deeper into the shade. “The students had recently learnt a new skill, ‘Learning through embodiment’. Last week they were learning about turtles and before the hour was up, more than half of them were crawling around the room on all fours.”

Octopus makes headlines with its arms and legs

This was news indeed!
“So you picked them up and put them back in their cages…er classroom?”
The headmaster was getting some of his breath back.
“No, first we had to fish out those who were drowning in the school fountain.” (This is one way to break the monotony -- fish in school).
We were beginning to get the drift.
“So it was another group discussion that caused the upheaval.”
The headmaster nodded.
The topic this time was “Why does an octopus have so many arms (or legs)?”

Those students in the second group created the biggest ruckus. This section of the student body was debating on whether they were legs or arms. Naturally, most students were pulling each other legs and screaming loudly. (Some of the sounds resembled those made when you are kicking the cat...not tried it? Really!)

Enter the octopus

“So how did you bring things under control?” One could imagine the sheer magnitude of the disaster that is unleashed when an entire class decides to participate in “Learning through embodiment” classes. The headmaster was still looking glassy-eyed.
“We brought in a real octopus!”

One thing is clear. Students do not want the real thing. If you say, “This is not an egg, it is an omelet”, they will eat it. “This is not a pig tail, this is hair,” they will let go. And of course, it is not sand; it is the beach…in a sandbox.

So, when they saw a real octopus, there was a rapid loss of interest. They turned back to their books.

Disclaimer: Author wishes to state that any damage caused by the octopus was brought on by the school authorities and that he was not involved in action that the octopus indulged in like eating the headmaster’s chair, tearing up little girl’s hair, squirting water on the gardener…

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Arms, Class, Headmaster, Legs, Octopus, Student

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Funny! Sounds like my sister in law who arranged the Barbie Doll raids in primary school!!

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author avatar snerfu
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Ha ha school life gets exciting when you have a sister, I say! And plenty of sister's friends.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Very interesting post and one of a kind too!

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author avatar snerfu
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you so much Mr Mc Costigan.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Oct 2014 (#)

octopus... and all those eggless omelets. ..oh my. Indeed...!

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author avatar snerfu
16th Oct 2014 (#)

Beyond an iota of doubt...like my house during Xmas, too many legs and hands scrambling for cakes and cookies!

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Oct 2014 (#)

Amusing! Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar snerfu
16th Oct 2014 (#)

it is a good feeling, this writing and sharing. Thanks.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
17th Oct 2014 (#)

Snerfu, your videos and pictures always add a nice touch to your articles.

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author avatar snerfu
18th Oct 2014 (#)

They make it seem like it is happening in your backyard. I too like the feeling those pictures give Mr Harbin.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Oct 2014 (#)

Children are children with the attention span of a gnat especially when in the company of a disoriented teacher. Interesting take, Snerfu - siva

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author avatar snerfu
20th Oct 2014 (#)

if you stare into the sun, you will always be blinking Siva. Try to come and rest in my shade too.

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar snerfu
27th Oct 2014 (#)

You are welcome Chauhanji.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
6th Nov 2014 (#)

What fun times. At least the students got to see a real octopus than us seeing pictures.
Good job Snerfu with the smiles.

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author avatar snerfu
7th Nov 2014 (#)

Nice to see you Ms Singha. I try and I am happy you like the article.

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author avatar puncakceria
10th Dec 2014 (#)

Informative article. Thank you for sharing this.

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