(TMU) — Let’s face it: school teachers often don’t get enough credit for all of the good work they do.
While there are plenty of educators who’ve lost their passion to teach, there also those unsung heroes and heroines who go above and beyond to leave a lasting imprint on their students, helping to ensure that children unleash their life’s potential regardless of the bureaucracy and limits they face in their own profession.
And now, one teacher has become famous for her unforgettable approach to teaching human anatomy to her third grade students. Veronica Duque literally bared it all by putting on a full body-suit that simulates the human body without skin.
The 43-year old teacher at the María Teresa Íñigo de Toro School in Valladolid, Spain, has been an educator for 15 years and currently heads a class of eight- and nine-year-old students where she teaches a range of subjects such as art, science, social studies, English, and Spanish.
Earlier this month, when it was time to teach her students about anatomy, she stepped in front of her class wearing a large white coat, reports Verne. When she took the coat off, students saw the long tubes making up the small intestine, the pancreas, two lungs, and the sinewy tendons comprising the muscular system.
Some students were shocked by what they saw and responded with “confusion, shouting, applause, and some even covered their eyes,” Mrs. Duque explained.
According to Mrs. Duque, she found the unique full-body wetsuit in the online treasure trove of bizarre and freaky finds: the Chinese retailer AliExpress.
Duque told Bored Panda:
“I was surfing the internet when an ad of an AliExpress swimsuit popped up.
Knowing how hard it is for kids this young to visualize the disposition of internal organs, I thought it was worth giving it a try.”
In a separate interview with El Español, she explained:
“We can show the students three hundred thousand videos, but it’s not the same as seeing the teacher with her internal organs [out]. I knew they were going to like it.”
A fellow teacher thrilled by her coworker’s unique approach to the anatomy lesson snapped some photos which soon made their way to Duque’s husband, Michael Moratinos. He was so excited for his wife that he shared the images online in a Twitter post, where he wrote:
“Very proud of this volcano of ideas that I am lucky to have as my wife. Today, she explained the human body to her students in a very original way… and the kids were freaking out! Great Veronica!!!”
Muy orgulloso de este volcán de ideas que tengo la suerte de tener como mujer??
Hoy ha explicado el cuerpo humano a sus alumnos de una manera muy original??
Y los niños flipando??
Grande Verónica!!!?????? pic.twitter.com/hAwqyuujzs
— Michael (@mikemoratinos) December 16, 2019
The tweet quickly went viral, gaining nearly 14 thousand retweets and almost 70,000 likes so far. The sudden attention has been overwhelming for the couple, with Moratinos admitting that “the [tweet] has overflowed.”
A friend of the couple commented:
“It is fortunate to have professionals of this caliber, always looking to leave a mark on their students and through them also change the [model of] teaching-learning.”
Another educator was awestruck by the approach, noting:
“Damn! I’m a HS Bio teacher and I have mad respect because I wanted to get one of those but they’re a couple hundred bucks.”
This is what i call “self explanatory”. Simply brilliant. Where did she got it?
— AAytesLab (@AAytesLab) December 17, 2019
While a former student of Duque gratefully tweeted:
“She was my tutor in [grades] 5 and 6, I remember her with great affection and love. One of the best teachers I’ve had and one who has left a mark on me. I remember some of her classes better than most of my university classes.”
— Bico de bolboreta (@besodevlinder) December 19, 2019
Others joked that the approach might not work for people with other body-types.
One Twitter user said:
“She has a body for that suit. If I wear it, the intestines come out in the chest.”
Duque has long used costumes and props to help engage her students. She told Bored Panda:
“I decided long ago to use disguises for history lessons.
I’m also using cardboard crowns for my students to learn grammatical categories such as nouns, adjectives, and verbs. Different grammar kingdoms, so to say.”
Duque hopes that when all of the viral excitement has subsided, people simply remember the enthusiasm and resourcefulness that many educators bring to their profession—and most importantly, to the youth.
“I’d like society to stop considering teachers to be lazy bureaucratic public servants. We’re certainly not.”
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