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Old 12-29-2012, 05:05 PM
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What do you have for a classroom pet(s)? What would you like to have?

I've just been hired for a biology/environmental science/anatomy & physiology position and I'm wondering what's easy to take care of. Even plants! Any suggestions?
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:10 PM
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Before getting any animals just make sure your school allows them. Ours does not.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:26 PM
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I knew a first grade teacher with a white rat. She kept the rat in a ball and in ran all over the classroom all the time. The kids LOVED it.

I don't know if I want to deal with all that yet. Some teachers at my school have fish, but no rodent animals as far as I can see. I love how homey the rooms feel with pets...but it's a LOT of responsibility.
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:40 PM
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Our school science ab has tadpoles/frogs, a snake, a tarantula, some huge millipedes. We have a 'no fur or feathers' rule. Other teachers in the building have had lizards, fish, hermit crabs.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:08 PM
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The teacher next to me has a fish tank that she inherited at the beginning of this school year. It makes her room really smelly, even though she seems to spend a lot of time cleaning the tank. It always looks really gross too. I don't have any classroom pets. I've never really wanted any, and watching her deal with the fish this year has really cemented that for me.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:13 PM
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I had a 6th grade teacher (elementary school still in the district I went to) that had all kinds of pets. We had a snake, a hamster, baby ducks, and a guinea pig that had babies. We loved it. Even knowing that, I'm just not willing to take on the responsibility. There are so many more important things on my plate! I'd never want to be spending my planning/after school time cleaning up/caring for a class pet.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:57 PM
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Our district has no official policy. When I inherited a room I said I did not want any critters in it. Had everything removed before I started. A science teacher across town collects anything she can and puts it in her room. Some of the animals I have real issues being held in a cage, but none of it is illegal.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:29 AM
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I have had rats, mice, turtles, millipedes, and now I have leopard gecko, a hermit crab, and one tough fish (I got them in the mail. The 2 glowing ones died, but the gray one has held on.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:19 AM
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From experience, I can tell you that rabbits are not great class pets!
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:33 AM
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I agree on the rabbit. A co-worker had one years ago and her room was horrible. It stunk all the time.
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