While I have no idea where my classroom will be, what grade I will teach, or even if I will have my own room this coming school year; I do already have a class pet. Her name is Elvira and she is a venus flytrap. I am really excited to have a very different kind of pet than most teachers have in their classrooms. I will be posting updates about Elvira and my students interactions with her so I thought I would introduce her here and now.
I like having a plant because she is a little like a live animal without all the hassle and mess. Elvira eats bug and is pretty high maintenance but she does not smell and I do not have to clean out her cage like you would a hamster or other cute fuzzy rodent. I also do not have to scrub scum off of the walls of her tank like I would for a fish or turtle. (That and the fact that I am not particularly a fan of cute furry things. I don’t really even like other people’s dogs.) Elvira is quite perfect for me.
I think having a carnivorous plant in my classroom will be a great learning experience for my students. It is something unusual and generally not something they would come into contact with in their daily lives. I brought Elvira into my student teaching classroom for the week we talked about plants and one of my students said it was her favorite part of kindergarten. That is pretty cool to have been able to provide an experience for a student that they said was their favorite part of the school year (especially because I was competing with days like the field trip and the day we spent an hour playing in bounce houses).
Whether or not you think a plant can be a pet, Elvira is going to be my class pet. I will let the students help me feed her and water her. It will be a great learning experience for them. I will keep you posted on the life and times of Elvira Flytrap so make sure you keep looking in through my classroom window to see how she is doing. I am excited to share her with a new group of students and hope they will enjoy her uniqueness just as much as I do!