Walk On!

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#sol19- October 29, 2019

It was a bit of a hard week and I realized that lots of our read-aloud books lately were ones where there was a challenge to us- lots of SEL focus. It was the last hour of Friday afternoon and we needed a laugh. I chose Marla Frazee’s Walk On!

It was just what we needed and lightened the mood. I closed the book and posited, “This book is about learning to walk. Could it be about anything else?” To be honest, I had not really thought about this myself, but I knew we had read at least a picture book a day and these kiddos had really grown in their abilities to think about their reading, so it was an honest question.

“It’s about trying new things.”

“It’s about trying hard things.”

“It’s about not giving up.”

“You can learn from failure- it’s never really a complete fail if you learn something from it.”

“We all have our own way of learning.”

And so it began- students who had seen the book as being about learning how to walk were furrowing their brows and reconsidering parts. We went back to a few pages to look again.

Reading aloud is one of my favorite parts of the day- I love sharing books with kids and I love learning from them.

Later my fabulous TA confided, “I was just thinking it was a book about learning to walk.”

Our EAL TA had been in the room and she told me the same thing. We all reveled in the joy we have in learning from our students. We really have the best jobs in the world.

7 thoughts on “Walk On!

  1. schwarzkate

    Our school librarian told us (a few parents who wanted to start a book group with other parents–we had big titles to throw out there like Raising an Adult) that really, we could just read and discuss picture books. He is so right. Picture books are just so great. Why not have illustrations for everything we read?!

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  2. cvarsalona

    It is so much fun to hear what students walk away from when listening to a read aloud. Your students were hot only engaged but thinking and reflecting. How wonderful!

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  3. jarhartz

    Walk On is one of my favorites. I usually read it at the beginning of the year, but after reading your post, I’m glad I’ve saved it for a time when things are a bit difficult. Beautiful message!

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  4. Clare Landrigan

    It is their point of view that matters. Best assessment data we can get and there was no right or wrong answer. It is a powerful message that a book can have different meanings for different readers. Some days it is simply a book about learning how to walk — and that is totally fine!

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