Teacher wears bodysuit to teach human anatomy: Students were “a bit in shock”

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NETHERLANDS — Students weren’t sure what to expect when their teacher stood in front of the classroom and started to undress.

Debby Heerkens, a biology teacher at Groene Hart Rijnwoude school, in the small town of Hazerswoude Dorp Netherlands, wanted to try a creative approach to teach a lesson about the human body.

Debby Heerkens

Debby Heerkens

“At first they were a little bit in shock because they thought ‘the teacher is taking off her clothes,’ until they saw what is underneath,” Heerkens told CNN.

Heerkens stripped down to reveal a full bodysuit that mapped out the human body in sharp and graphic detail. She had on several layers, one that showed the skeletal bone structure and another with internal organs.

The point was to help students visualize the human body, highlight the essential organs and show how they function.

After teaching for seven years, Heerkens feels a creative approach is sometimes necessary to get kids engaged in some of the more dense science lessons.

This was the first time Heerkens suited up with a costume to teach a class and the results were positive, but she said she doesn’t think she’ll be using the same approach for all subjects.

Heerkens wanted students to visualize the placement of human organs and how they function.

Debby Heerkens