Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Checking in can commonly mean to check in with your team members but it can also be with other people- stakeholders, locals, and your team. Using these instructions and prior interview experience, crafting a proper and productive interview can be a simple task.
My students interviewed three different groups of stakeholders - parents, teachers, and current middle school LINKS students. We spent time brainstorming questions for each group, and then had a panel come in, and students were able to ask their questions, taking notes throughout the process. The challenging part was coordinating schedules to get most of the guests in on the same day to fit in with that stage of the Creative Sequence. However, the interviews were absolutely key with helping us be able to move from our investigation stage to our incubation stage.
"My students brainstormed amazing questions that helped them get at the heart of our why - their love, care, and protectiveness with our amazing students with unique needs."
"It was cool hearing about parents talking about what they were really worried about, and hearing about what makes them happy, and what we can do to help with that at middle school."
"I thought they would be less open-minded and more secretive sharing about their feelings."
Meet the Educator:
Fifth Grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary in the West Ottawa School District for the past 24 years.
"I love connecting real-world situations and experiences with our learning in the classroom. Working through the Creative Sequence allows every student to participate and shine, and prepares them for future learning and careers."