Ten students stand over a dead porcupine but it is the blindfolded girl that everyone is watching.
“What is your nose telling you,” I ask the fourth-grade student from Auke Bay Elementary School.
She responds, “It smells like something is dead.”
The rest of the class is silent. The class’s body language shows me they are both grossed out and intrigued by the rotting carcass. One student’s stomach is uneasy and he walks away. It is a seminal moment for the whole group.