Just go with me here
Today in science, we were talking about communities and populations. In scientific terms, a community is a particular area (forest, pond, ocean, whatever) and populations are the groups of living creatures that live in that community (squirrels, fish, dolphins, etc).
As I was teaching this concept, I drew an ocean on the board. Now, if you've never seen me draw, you should know that I still have the same artistic ability as I did as a first grader--so my "ocean" consisted of a series of wavy lines. Then I had to draw the populations that lived in that ocean. I managed a decent starfish (which I chose due solely to the fact that it IS easy to draw), a banana (aka a dolphin) and a shark (which looked more like a goldfish cracker). As the kids mocked my artwork, I kept saying the same thing, something I repeat EVERY time class instruction requires--unfortunately--drawings: "Just go with me here." (As in, "that's a DOLPHIN?")
Next, I attempted a forest. Now, I can do an okay tree. "How about a bird?" a student suggested.
Hey, great idea! I can TOTALLY draw a bird. (You know, a "W" up in the sky.)
And after that, the little sh*ts just started messing with me.
"A rabbit?" came the next idea.
I added a "rabbit."
"A squirrel!!" said someone else.
That one gave me pause. I thought for a minute, and then added the saddest-looking squirrel you've ever seen.
Crap. I added my deer.
It was when I heard "a beaver!" that I realized what they were doing. They were purposely choosing animals that they knew I'd have a hard time drawing.
And I have to tell you, as I looked at my "forest," I had to laugh along with them.