In October the Viking Crew (7th and 8th grade) at Mt. Abraham did an interdisciplinary unit on “change”. A central goal was learning to really listen, and one of the best ways to practice that is through interviewing. So, in small groups, students created questions about an aspect of change and then went out into the school and interviewed both students and adults. Some of the questions the groups generated and used were:
If you could change anything, what would it be and why?
Who in your life has had the biggest impact on you?
Why do you think people are afraid of change?
How has your own hometown changed?
What inventions do you think have caused the biggest changes in the world?
Is change good or bad?
How has the school changed since you’ve been here?
Though the ultimate goal was for the students to create vox-pops (compilations of recordings of multiple responses), we simply ran out of time. They did get to do the first step and listen to their recorded answers. Even without finishing the Vox-pops, doing the interviewing gave students practice listening to others-- and gave them more insight into “change.”