March 2019 SOLC–Day 27
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Sometimes we manage to grab a little bit of time at the end of the day for a community circle. I often pose a question and we send around a talking piece, taking turns answering whenever we get the piece. I’ll pose questions like, “What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?” or “If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?” Sometimes students contribute ideas for questions.
One day not too long ago, we gathered at the carpet.
“Ok,” I asked. “Would you rather eat a worm or an ant?”
After the initial hubbub died down, I responded first, “Ant.” Then I passed the talking piece, pretty sure that “ant” would be the dominant response.
The next student asked for some clarification. “Is it raw or cooked?”
I hadn’t been expecting that, but answered decisively. “Raw.”
“Darn,” he said. “Well, I guess ….. ant.”
We continued around the circle. I was fascinated by the additional clarifying questions and the rationales behind different choices.
“I think I’ll choose an ant, because probably I’ve already eaten some and didn’t even know it,” said one student.
“Do you have to chew it?” asked another. “Or can you swallow it whole?”
Hmmmm…That was a tough one. After some discussion, we decided no chewing was required.
“I think I’ll swallow the worm then,” she responded. “Without chewing!”
“I would definitely swallow the worm,” said the next student. “I’d just slurp it down like a piece of spaghetti.”
“Ew!” we all chorused.
In the end, much to my surprise, the class was pretty evenly divided. I’m still sticking with my choice. Definitely an ant.
Which would you choose?