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Do Pigs Have Udders?

I had some serious fun today with students. I was alone which is not the norm, but, on short notice, the parent helper could not make it. It is extra demanding on those days where I learn alone with the kids, but it is, many times, the  most interesting times. While I was away a most interesting question came up: “Do pigs have udders?” Apparently, this was a hotly debated topic and it was brought up again today. I laughed. It was funny and pointed to an irrevocable truth: human curiosity and eloquent questions lead the way as we learn.

A simple question

Eloquently posed

Curiosity fueled;

The energy behind learning.

What does that mean?

Is it true?

Many more queries;

We seek and fill gaps–

Not with certitude;

Uncertainty prevails.

Years later

I am sure I will smile and chuckle;

I recall–

Appreciate the quality

A simple, provocative question–

Do pigs have udders?

As best as we can learn, they do and it was fun trying to figure it out. Adolescent children ask the darnedest things. Laughter is a great cure for even the most challenging moments.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

14 responses »

  1. I am sitting with a smile… They do indeed ask the most wonderful questions…
    The innocence of youth is so refreshing… Thank You, Ivon, for such lovely words…

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  2. hahahaha So cute. I like your poem – it says it all!

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  3. Fine teachers are easy to pick out, but harder to find these days. Cute post!

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  4. Nice post! Love the humour involved in teaching!

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  5. Interesting question really! I’m all smiles and wondering how such a question came up. Pigs sure have udders! :)

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    • The first day it came up I was away so I do not have all the details, but they are an interestingly curious group. The topic was hotly debated as a couple of students live on farms and were sure, as you say, they do have udders. It could have been as simple as wanting me to give some indication of an answer which I did to the affirmative and still had to show the one doubter a Wikipedia article. Still it very funny.

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  6. Must have been an interesting class. You are the type of teacher that makes learning fun.

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    • It was a very interesting class. I have been fortunate to have students who bring out the best in me over the years. They have made it easy to laugh and have fun. The two are indispensable to learning.

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