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Teacher shows up in organ bodysuit to teach anatomy to third-graders

Her creative solution won the internet's seal of approval after her husband gushed about the "volcano of ideas" he's married to.

Teacher shows up in organ bodysuit to teach anatomy to third-graders
Cover Image Source: Twitter/Michael Duque

One of the biggest challenges teachers face in a classroom is capturing the attention of their students and holding it. However, Verónica Duque had no trouble getting her students to focus on a lesson about human anatomy after she showed up to class in quite a head-turning outfit. Verónica, who has been teaching for more than 15 years, chose a very innovative means to make sure the young class would pay attention to the class by wearing a skin-tight bodysuit that showed the organs of the human body.  Her creative solution won the internet's seal of approval after her husband gushed about the "volcano of ideas" he's married to.



 

Sharing images of Verónica wearing the bodysuit on Twitter, her husband Michael Duque wrote, "Very proud of this volcano of ideas that I am lucky to have as a woman. Today, she explained the human anatomy to her students in a very original way. And the kids [were] freaking out. Great, Verónica!" Since being posted on December 16, the tweet has been retweeted almost 14k times with social media users praising Verónica's innovative solution to getting her students to pay attention.



 

Speaking to Bored Panda, the 43-year-old revealed that she got the idea of the internet. "I’ve been teaching for 15 years now. I teach natural and social science, art, as well as English and Spanish. 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 it giving it a try," she said.



 

Verónica also revealed that this isn't the first time she's used creative techniques to break the monotony in the classroom. "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. I’d like society to stop considering teachers to be lazy bureaucratic public servants. We’re certainly not," she said.



 

While the internet went gaga over Verónica's organ bodysuit, she isn't the first to pull off something like this in the classroom. Back in 2015, a Dutch biology teacher used the same trick to help her ninth graders learn about the human body. According to CNN, Debby Heerkens, a gym and biology teacher at Groene Hart Rijnwoude school, in the small town of Hazerswoude Dorp, Netherlands, revealed a similar suit that mapped out the human body in sharp and graphic detail in front of her class. As you can imagine, her students were quite apprehensive when their teacher stood on top of her table and began taking off her clothes.



 

"At first they were a little bit in shock because they thought 'the teacher is taking off her clothes,' until, they saw what was underneath," Heerkens told CNN. She revealed at the time that after teaching for seven years, she felt she needed to be more creative with some of her lesson plans to keep her students engaged. However, despite it being a success, Heerkens said she probably won't be using the same approach for every science lesson.