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Topic: BORED - Begins 1-11-18 / Ends 1-18-18 (01/11/18)
TITLE: Board Stiff
By Rachel Rudd
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She slowly rolled her eyes in the direction of her friend, Sarah, hoping for a glow of sympathy. A note met her gaze, How much longer?
Jo gestured the words, “two” and “long.”
Silently, Sarah returned the words, “for” and “ever.”
Like a bee buzzing without gathering nectar, the teacher droned on, “The axial and appendicular are two parts of the skeletal system. Each part has its own particular function in the human body.”
Jo scribbled a message and tapped her finger against the notebook. If at least HE sounded interested!
Suddenly the teacher paused.
“Uh-oh.” Jo murmered.
“Sarah, Jo, please use your long femurs to advance to the anterior area.”
Sarah and Jo just stared.
“Is your patella padlocked into a sitting position?”
The class actually laughed at this one even though most were just as lost.
“Uh, we don’t know what you are talking about.”
“Come here, please.”
They reached the front of the room.
“I think your metacarpals have gotten a little stiff. Will you please put your distal phalange in the air?”
Jo stared at him wondering what alien language he had acquired.
“Is something wrong with your metacarpal bones? They seem to be working fine although maybe inattentiveness has dulled their senses.”
Sarah shrieked, “Did you just call her stupid? Teachers can’t do that!”
“I did not call her stupid. Jo presently seems unable to remember my previous lectures. Let me see if I can revive her memory.”
Each brain in the room tried to reject the sight their eyes beheld. The teacher’s right finger rose in the air and pointed to his left and a song filled the room, “The finger bones connected to the hand bone.” He pointed to his arm, “The hand bones connected to the arm bone.”
Sarah and Jo glanced at each other and an eruption of laughter poured out. “Okay, we get it now, Mr. Newman, but how are supposed to remember the actual names?”
He paused and looked around the room. “Let’s try this. Everyone stand up.”
A shuffle of chairs scraping the floor proceeded.
“This half of the class form a circle at the font of the class facing out. This half stand in front of each person in the circle.
Wondering what had gotten into their classical teacher, the class followed his instructions.
“Now, point to a bone in your body and ask the other person to give the appropriate scientific name. Each time I tell you to move, you will ask a new person about a new bone.”
Jo pointed at her lower arm.
Sarah shrugged her shoulders, but Mr. Newman whispered behind her, “radius.”
Sarah pointed at her hand. Jo remembered the teacher’s earlier reproof and answered correctly. They slapped their metacarpal bones as congratulations.
Quite quickly, the whole class was loudly calling out the names of every bone in the body. Mr. Newman nodded his head in approval and slowly began to ask the students to return to their seats.
Noise continued to rumble throughout the room for five minutes, but Mr.Newman stood at attention until everyone was calm. He cleared his throat, “Now that I corralled your concentration, it’s time for a quiz.”
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