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I find these little creatures adorable... (spiders or kids? you decide!) 
24th-Jul-2012 09:33 pm
Charlie Brooker
Decided to show my students the peacock spider video set to music today, as we're learning the information report genre in English/Science on another spider. I'd pre-watched the first two minutes and only intended to show those two minutes. Anyway, I got caught up marking spelling work, and suddenly I hear,

"Why's he climbing on top of her?"

"He's trying to eat her!"

Now, I didn't know for sure how peacock spiders actually mate, but since I was showing them a video that was all about a mating ritual? My immediate reaction was: OMG. BETTER TURN THIS OFF NOW.

Cue: "Laura, why was he climbing on top of her?"

"... I think they were playing tag..."

Meanwhile, S, one of my sweetest students goes, "I think we need to rename the peacock spider."

"Oh yes? What to?"

"The disco spider!"

\o/ My students, everyone.
24th-Jul-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)

"... I think they were playing tag..."

... That could get dangerously confusing in the playground. :D

\o/ indeed for your students.
25th-Jul-2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure if "yes, he's eating her" would be any better, hah.
24th-Jul-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Wow, those things are so cute ... and what wonderful photography! I agree with one of the commenters on there who said it was almost enough to cure anyone of arachnophobia.

If only British spiders were like that ...
25th-Jul-2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
They're brilliant, aren't they?
25th-Jul-2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Reminds me of the story one of my English teachers told about the time she was showing the Zefirelli version of Romeo and Juliet, neglected to fast forward through the morning after scene, and in her panic paused the video on Romeo's bare butt for a bunch of giggling sixth graders.

The story ended with..."And this is why I only teach seniors now."
25th-Jul-2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
Hahaha :D Fantastic!
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