Classes seemed to be going well, Jack had been nervous; he wasn't used to having so many eyes on him, depending on him and his knowledge of creatures, so share that knowledge. It felt like a huge responsibility and he wasn't sure if was going to be able to handle it. OF course, he was use to lecturing, several wizarding schools and universities had him visit to do a lecture on this creature or that, but that was different. Those students were not all that much younger than himself, they were adults and therefore easier to talk to. Of course he wasn't also responsible for grading the information he gave out either. He'd been doing alright so far, he supposed. Nobody had gotten extremely hurt yet, which was a bonus. Of course they hadn't done any extremely dangerous creatures yet either.
Today though, there was a potential for a bit more damage, as he watched the raging bonfire flare in the middle of his outdoor classroom. If he could prevent any burns it would be a miracle. Today's creatures were a bit more interesting as well, he supposed. He had first studied them in school, as well, but had taken the it a bit further, traveling to the Aleutian Islands in the Volcanic Arc to learn more about them. It had been a very interesting trip indeed. The group he was with were studying the healing properties of the salamanders, and the differences between the magical and muggle versions of the creatures.
It had taken a little prodding of his ministry contacts and some extra permission to have the bonfire on the snow, but he'd gotten the eggs and started the fire. They hadn't hatched yet, but he was hoping that the students would be able to witness that after his short lecture. He had both the scarlet and blue varieties in there, hoping the fire was hot enough to sustain both species.
As the students began to file in, mesmerized by the giant flames licking at the cold air, Jack smiled. The fifth through seventh years were easier for him to handle. It was easier to treat them like the young adults that they were than the thirteen year old third years. He had a tougher time with them trying to figure out just exactly how to explain things to them without either making them feel stupid or having everything go straight over their heads.
When they were all assembled, Jack began, watching their faces light up with interest. That right there was what drew him in about teaching; watching them become fascinated by it all. "Does anybody have a guess as to what they think is in the fire?" He questioned, waiting for a few hands to shoot up in the air. He called on a one student, who go it right on the fist shot. "Correct, Salamanders. Today I have two varieties for you, both the Scarlet and Blue. They haven't hatched yet, but should do so in the next few minutes, notebooks open please." Jack moved closer to the fire. "Salamanders both live in and die in the flames that they are hatched in. They only last as long as the fire they are created in." He watched as the group frantically grabbed their parchment and writing implements.
"These lizards, unlike the muggle version, are not amphibians and can only survive outside of their fire for a short time, perhaps six hours or so, if fed the right amount of pepper." He motioned to a large number of canisters behind him, filled with various forms of the spice; black, white, red, etc. "I would like you to first sketch the eggs, then the hatchlings as they emerge, take notes as the process goes along. You may work in pairs or alone, however each student is responsible for their own sketches and notes. Once the salamanders have hatched you may extract them carefully, with your wands to the edge of the fire, but do not put them on the snow." He motioned to the large circling of rocks outside of the fire that were no doubt warm from its flames. "A simple summoning charm will do the trick, they will be warm but you can touch them, though they may bite, and feed them some pepper. This will be a three day study, so please do not keep the creatures out of the fire for too long." Jack paused, hoping he hadn't given them too many instructions at once. "Questions, comments or concerns? I will be walking around and available for questions should you have any. Please begin."
OOC: I used the HP wiki article on salamanders
for info, if you want to check it out.