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WV Teacher Wins Grant For “Turning Flatulence into a Teachable Moment”

February 10th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Melissa Huff Salvatore, a Paw Paw High School English teacher, was awarded a $2,000 grant in the West Virginia Department of Education's Thinkfinity video contest with her winning lesson "Turning Flatulence into a Teachable Moment". Salvatore turned classroom disruption into a teachable moment after many boys in her class began passing gas and laughing about it and the girls complained. The more the girls complained, the more the boys disrupted. Salvatore decided to hold a debate between the opposing sides in the school gym with a podium, microphone and large screen for presentations.The boys conducted research on the human digestive system and even went so far as calling gastroenterologists for advice. Judging the debate were a panel of teachers as well as a vote by students. The boys won the teachers' vote for havingthe most effective debate.

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