This week seemed to be extra busy with reading! We were able to add 17 books to our display, and we’re SO CLOSE to 100!! Hoping to hit it this upcoming week and share the good news with you on the blog next time.
But for now, here’s what our wall looks like:
We added lots of different titles:
I think my favorite story from the week actually comes from a first grader, not a book. It’s a story of perspective, and taught me something about how adults see things differently than 6-7yos. Let me explain…
On Wednesday, I was excitedly adding a big load of pics to the wall, and telling the students around me about how we were almost at 100. Jonah, a friend from Rm. 112, commented on how he didn’t realize we had read that many books, and that he didn’t know how many pictures were actually up there. Incredulously I asked him, “Don’t you ever look at our display? How have you not seen all those books out there??” He looked at me very matter-of-factly and said, “Well I do, but I look at the WALL, not the PICTURES!” At first it seemed a little funny, but then I realized that, yes, indeed, the thing at eye-level for first graders is a big. blank. wall. I know I should look up there at all those pretty book covers, and kiddos do too–if I tell them to, but yep, most kids who look at our display probably just see a wall.
It really made me start thinking about who that display is for, and how I can make it more kid-friendly. While there are LOADS of ways that we interact with it on a daily and weekly basis, and I can point out how the space is filling up and how we’re close to 100, there is probably a better way to do it. Starting with putting the pictures at the BOTTOM of the wall instead of the top. That’s where kiddos are anyway, right? It would probably makes more sense to them that the wall is FILLING up anyway, if they could see it reach up to the top and ACTUALLY FILLING up, rather than coming down the wall.
I know it’s a small tweak, and obviously one I hadn’t thought of, but I was SO GLAD we had had that little conversation, because it got me thinking about how many other things I do that maybe I think are kid-centered, kid-led or kid-friendly, but that are instead geared toward me.
So I’m fixing the wall. I’m flipping it all upside-down and we will indeed watch the wall FILL UP as we go through this year. Can’t wait to share the changes with you next week!!
In the meantime, have you ever had a kiddo tell you something that flipped your thinking upside-down? I’d love to hear about it! 🙂