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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2009 03:35:18 PM »

I do have a secret code violating smelly candle.

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2009 10:31:51 AM »

That is pretty flipping sweet. I don't think any of my teachers ever got that creative. Undecided But good job.

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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2009 03:34:04 PM »

I've got a candle warmer that I'm using to add a dimension to my lessons this semester. I'm doing a Route 66 theme, so whenever I talk about something on the road that has a distinct smell -- say, the 72-ounce steak challenge from the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, or the bread pudding with rum sauce from the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla. -- I'll melt a candle with that scent. I'm not going to say anything about it to the kids. They'll just come in, and we'll be talking about whatever it is, and they'll smell the corresponding scent in the background. Of course all of the Route 66 lessons will tie to something or other in our English II curriculum. Memory is supposed to be very closely associated with the part of the brain that processes smell, so my goal is to make it so that for the rest of their lives, when the kids smell coffee, they will think of the difference between "its" and "it's," or whenever they smell tanning oil, they will think of prepositional phrases or whatever.

I found a little mom-and-pop candle shop in Sapulpa, Okla., called Anabell's Escentials, where the owner made me some Route 66-themed tarts to evoke stuff like Bono's Historic Orange; motel office curry; Munger Moss Barbecue Pit; Pasadena roses; Kaibab Forest evergreens; Jackrabbit Trading Post cherry cider; Funk's Grove Maple Sirup; and John's Modern Cabins cedars. I just picked up my order today, and I am SO excited about using them in class. I was just at a training session this summer where a guy said that the only thing more powerful than using movement in class would be if you could find a way to say, "Here -- sniff this and understand algebra." I can't quite manage that, but I think this should get us pretty close. Smiley

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