Children say the funniest things…

A week or so ago, I was working with a group of year two pupils who had come to the museum to take part in our Dinosaur Detectives session. As part of my introduction, I explain that the Manchester Museum is part of the University of Manchester, and that I learned about fossils here in Manchester in the University’s Department of Geology. I then asked the pupils if they knew the name for a scientist that studies fossils, and the conversation went like this…

Me                   “So does anyone know what you call a scientist who studies fossils?”

[Nothing but blank looks]

Me                   “They study fossils to find out about life in the past, things like dinosaurs. It begins with a P-“

[No response]

Me                   “It begins with P-”

[No response – so I asked the teacher if they knew what the word was]

Teacher         “Yes you do, don’t you remember? We talked about this at lunch time”

[No response]

Me                   “A scientist that studies fossils, beginning with P. Does anyone have any ideas?”

Teacher         “You know this, come on! What did I keep on saying at lunch? What did I keep on saying over and over again at lunchtime? It begins with a P! What is the name for a scientist who studies fossils?”

[A pupil finally puts his hand up]

Pupil               “Pay attention!”

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A week or so ago, I was working with a group of year two pupils who had come to the museum to take part in our Dinosaur Detectives session. As part of my introduction, I explain that the Manchester Museum is part of the University of Manchester, and that I learned about fossils here in Manchester in the University’s Department of Geology. I then asked the pupils if they knew the name for a scientist that studies fossils, and the conversation went like this…

Me                   “So does anyone know what you call a scientist who studies fossils?”

[Nothing but blank looks]

“They study fossils to find out about life in the past, things like dinosaurs. It begins with a P-“

[No response]

“It begins with P-”

[No response – so I asked the teacher if they knew what the word was]

Teacher         “Yes you do, don’t you remember? We talked about this at lunch time”

[No response]

Me                   “A scientist that studies fossils, beginning with P. Does anyone have any ideas?”

Teacher         “You know this, come on! What did I keep on saying at lunch? What did I keep on saying over and over again at lunchtime? It begins with a P! What is the name for a scientist who studies fossils”

[A pupil finally puts his hand up]

Pupil               “Pay attention!”

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