I can call you that because you've caught on that I am writing about rats and you are still reading. That's a big step when you bring these furry little fellas into a conversation.
So you must be in one of three camps.
In Camp A, they're saying "yeah, I know, rats make great pets." They are following along, nodding their heads, and in total agreement.
Camp B says "alright, let's hear what you got but...it ain't gonna happen!"
Then there's Camp C. Camp C looks like this: Skin crawling. Heebie jeebies. Shuddering with disgust. Appalled by the fact that they are still reading this, Camp C juuust can't stop. They're the ones that watch Fear Factor through their fingers pretending to cover their eyes. You guys are funny.
I suppose, technically, there's a Camp D ... but they already left.
That's why I brought it up. I'm taking it upon myself to advocate for these remarkable rodents because not many will.
Because, you see, a teacher at my school, let's call him... Don :), is talking about getting a pet and I've heard this conversation before. It goes like this:
"I'm going to get a class pet," says teacher.
"Ah, great! You should get a rat!" Say I.
"Ew! No! That's disgusting! Why would you say that? Yulchk!!"
To which, there is no real return.
But there are SO many good reasons to have a pet rat instead of other animals. Some reasons are simply positive attributes of Rattus rattus while others are the drawbacks of other animals.
So over the next few posts, I will be exploring and illustrating why a rat might just find his way into your classroom - invited even!
Afterwards, I will explore a few tips and bits of advice about keeping and caring for rats.
In the meantime, what camp are you in?
Do you see a place for a little rat in your learning space or is there a definite line that has been drawn between rodents and students? Let me know! It'll be like a survey!
Hope you stick around! You too, 'Don'.
No Dons were harmed in the making of this post. Great care was taken to ensure all Dons were treated with the utmost care and respect. For more information on how Dons were involved in this post, please, use your imagination.