Bad Smells

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7 thoughts on “Bad Smells”

  1. We did a ton of PQA today on everything in Jim’s list accept the last one. We talked about who smells and whose house (and what room in it) smells and smells of what. As Jim cautioned, these areas are tricky, because a few kids would naturally take offense, as those years are possibly the most sensitive in one’s life. Especially for those kids that are homeless or live in unstable places, even apartments and so have no basement to joke about the fish and pizza smells coming from it and who lives down there. So today was a good reminder to continually invite the kids to make stuff up and stay in the realm of hyberbole and lies. One kid’s house had 19 staircases. Stuff like that. In PQA there always has to be that awareness about what can offend. It’s not that easy.

  2. Small correction:
    The blanket structure of “rooms of the house” was not optional in my original script, but “goes up/down the stairs” is optional, along with “levels of the house”.
    If the kids know these optional structures, especially “goes up/down the stairs” it is good to insert this detail in the oral story as it is a great opportunity to get the class involved by making some stepping noises or creaking stairs noises, and including how many stairs there were is good information to have as well (I would hate to go through those motions for Ben’s 19 staircases though!! 🙂

  3. Thank you Robert. That is it exactly. Until there is total trust and safety on this site, I personally won’t be able to take the work we do together, written and via video, in the direction I want to go with it, which is a collaborative place to share ideas not just about ideas about teaching but about our own teaching specifically, which for me includes video. We have started using video in Denver Public Schools, more on that later, but it is going to be a major step forward – a giant step, in my opinion, for this site. This work is going to require discipline and trust and a certain boldness and I would rather do that with ten people instead of the kind of open forum it used to be. My web designer says that we are very close to being behind the wall for members only. I will post a blog entry to that effect soon. That kind of sharing will need privacy. I really got that after the incident I described here on the blog post of March 2nd.

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