Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pit Crew To Do's

Next Advisory- Thursday, February 20th:
Give your students the Mindset Survey during advisory. 
Return the surveys to Katie Fitch. (A303 or her mailbox.)

Before Next Pit Crew- April 10th:
Interview at least 2 students using some of the questions posted on the blog. 

Elicit more student responses about some of the questions by allowing students to write about the some of the questions. 
Having students write before they are interviewed might allow for a more successful interview.

Bring videos and and student writing to the next pit crew.

Questions to Ask Students for Interviews

·       Think about classrooms you like to be in—
o    Why do you like to be there?
o    What are the characteristics of that classroom?
o    What makes that room different from other classes?
·       Think about classrooms you don’t like to be in-
o    Why don’t you like to be there?
o    What are the qualities that are not so great?
o    What would make the class better?
·       Names
o    Are names and knowing people’s names important to you? Why or why not?
o    How fast do you think teachers should learn their students’ names?
o    How does it make you feel when people do know your name?
§  Follow up: How does it feel when they don't?
·       Outside interests and conversations--- Getting personal----rapport
o    What makes your feel connected to students/teachers in a classroom?      
o    What makes you feel comfortable sharing things with a teacher? What would   you share or not share?
o    What do like to learn about your teacher?
·       Creating a Safe space (use of language)
o    What does safe classroom feel like? Look like?
o    Do you feel safe in class? Emotionally? Physically?
o    Are there any classes that you feel comfortable taking risks?
o    How do teachers make you feel safe and comfortable?
·       Outside resources--- parents, teachers, students---- creating community outside the classroom
o    How can your class connect to the outside world?
o    When do you feel involved in your class?
o    How do you feel when your parents are involved with your school?