As systems go, the digestive system really is one of my favourites, as it has to do with food and strange sounds. This doesn’t necessarily make it everyone’s favourite to study, pertaining as it does to, well, digestion. Anyway, it’s in the curriculum. So, I thought we should review our learning by making a Class-Size Working Model of The Digestion System (which is a Caldwell Grade Five tradition). Once it was working smoothly, we invited students from other classes and digested them. Nobody said digestion was pretty, or quiet.
Some of the students think I am making a special effort to bring disgusting topics to class but I’m really not–it just seems to happen naturally. Call it a gift. For instance, we are studying poetry–what is more likely to be beautiful than poetry? So, because yesterday was Robert Burns Day, in which the national poet of Scotland is celebrated by Scots and their descendants everywhere, I thought I would share the poem that will be recited at these celebrations, accompanied by the uniquely Scottish national dish it celebrates: haggis. My reason was to demonstrate that in many places poetry and poets are considered vital parts of the culture. But once I told students what a haggis is (ask them if you dinna know), they seemed to miss my point. Anyway, here it is: