chapter  11
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The Fecundity of Poo

Working with Children as Pedagogies of Refusal
WithStephanie Springgay

Anytime you work with mounds of melted chocolate and elementary-school students, you are bound to go down the rabbit hole of poo humor. Crushed cocoa beans being squeezed and pressed out of a Molino ooze with direct and indirect connotations, sending everyone into peals of laughter and feelings of shame. In Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed’s Ask Me Chocolates, part of the larger project, The Pedagogical Impulse, the leakiness and unruliness of poo announced itself as an affective pedagogy of willful failure.