How do we know if we like something?
How does it make us feel?
What happens in our bodies, on our faces, in our minds?
Developing an identity as a reader means learning what you like and don’t like. But my work with social emotional learning has taught me that before we can start sorting things into categories, we have to take a step back and think…how do we know if/when we like something? What does it feel like? What does it look like? How can we recognize that feeling vs. how it feels to dislike something? I’ve had different, developmentally appropriate conversations with kindergarten, first, and second graders the past few weeks, and the thoughtful answers above are a collection of a few of their responses.
I love the way this question helped readers to consider their reading choices, but ended up empowering them in other ways too – I didn’t know it when I planned it, but it turned into a perfect way to start talking about consent, consideration, and how not everyone likes the same things, and that’s okay. A few teachers reached out to me online to ask if they could repeat this lesson or share our outcomes with their older students, as a conversation starter about healthy relationships and friendships. Isn’t it awesome when something that looks a certain way in your head turns into something completely new once it reaches your readers?
Next, we’ll use these reflections to consider subjects we like and don’t like reading about. Once we collect that data, we’ll be using it in a big display project – I can’t wait to share the results with you!