Tracked down some eyeballs this week. Brains are harder to find because of disease issues, but on Thursday I stopped by the meat packing plant in town and picked up a box of 8 eye cow eyeballs for Pam's class. That evening, she tried dissecting one at the kitchen table to make sure she knew what she was doing.
Today, I came to her class to help out. Working in groups of 4, her class removed the cornea, pulled out the lens, marveled at the iris, squished out the vitreous humour, and oohed and aahed at the shiny retina. They started with a lot of "æsj"s (that's "ick" in English) but by the end everyone wanted a turn cutting and probing. Pam accompanied the investigation with very good explanations and pictures and drew upon her personal experiences with eyes, which is extensive. I think it was one of the best lessons I've ever seen. The kids left the room saying they have the coolest teacher ever. Yay Pam!