Sometimes when you teach floriculture it is hard to make those real world connections to the boys so that they become interested in flower design. O
n Friday I started introducing my kids to floriculture ID using some flowers that I had leftover from Homecoming and an arrangement that I had made. In introducing the flowers we were also classifying them as either filler, form, line or mass flowers. The first flower I held up to ID and talk about was Baby's Breath. Right after I described it and mentioned that it would be classified as a filler flower, one of the boys in the class pipes up that he had just heard that in a TV show that week. (I'm sorry I don't remember the show....) Some character on this popular show worked at a florist shop. And the character was talking about Baby's Breath and mentioned that it was a filler flower! I bet that for the rest of his life, this kid will remember that Baby's Breath is a filler flower! And now he will be paying more attention to what that floral designer does/says in his shop on the show.
I just love watching the light bulbs go on in kids heads! Those nuggets are what teaching is about.