The Listening Walk I can't believe that it's already March. This year I started at a new school and have found myself setting a lot of important things aside to just tread water. Blogging these past few days has made me realize that I can do more. Getting my students outside for learning has always been a priority of mine. So today I did it.
I read the book The Listening Walk, by Paul Showers to my students. Afterwards I took my students outside for a listening walk. Their task was to follow me around silently and observe with their ears. Of course I couldn't resist but to add some of my own sounds to our journey. I banged a metal pole with my water bottle, used a discarded squished water bottle to run against the metal of fence, and with the field being a literal skating rink I proceeded to wander onto the playground across the chain bridge, up the stairs and down the slide. It was at this point we all broke out into laughter since I am a bit big for the slide. But everyone followed me obediently.
Ideally, I would have had my students bring their writing books and find a quiet spot to write down all that they had observed but with it being a cooler day I decided to have them write as much as they could remember at their desks. Back in the classroom the room was completely silent, they even asked for more time to get their ideas down. I then read them parts of the book My Favourite Sounds From A to Z by Peggy Snow. It has poems about sound across the alphabet. Unfortunately we ran out of time. What a good feeling to run out of time after an engaging activity. I'm looking forward to the poems my students will write about their favourite sounds. I'm hoping that this activity will illicit students to listen more closely and ultimately experiment and create their own sounds.