Sometimes my students say and do things that are just too bizarre/funny/weird that I just have to share. Today was one of those days.
I have a student who frequently (read: every day) loses his handouts and assignments. He will randomly interrupt me during another class to ask for said work. This afternoon, while in the middle of conducting a meeting with my National Honor Society students, this student breezes into the room, shouting, "Hey! I need that bestiality chart!"
The room immediately went silent, as all the students' eyes enlarged to three times their original size.
"I think you're referring to the bestiary chart," I said.
"Oh, whatever. Bestiality, bestiary...same thing."
Um, actually, no.
To set the record straight, bestiary is a collection of descriptions or representations of animals. While reading Act I of Othello, we were recording all the times that Iago makes a reference to an animal. I mean, there's some racy content in Othello, but nothing quite as shocking as sexual intercourse between a human and an animal, as bestiality would imply.
The students witnessing this exchange found it to be hilarious, and, apparently someone shared the story with my principal because as I was leaving the building later on, he teasingly called out, "I heard you're teaching something new! Bestiality...that's Common Core approved, right?"