Classroom Interviews: A World of Learning / Edition 1

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What students can learn from the interview is far beyond the reach of any textbook. Students who might previously have seen teachers and books as the only valid sources of information will enlarge their perspectives, seeking the experiences of family members, neighbors, peers, and people from all walks of life. When children know their own history and culture, they develop self-esteem; when they understand the history and culture of others, prejudice can be reduced. As Paula Rogovin characterizes it, the interview is a way of saying "I want to learn from you. Let's stop our busy lives for a moment and rejoice in that learning."

In this unique book, Rogovin shares proven techniques for tapping into this rich resource. She shows teachers how they can plan a curriculum based on the interview and develop their own schedules. Examples are offered showcasing how student interviews drive inquiry in social studies, writing, reading, science, math, and much more. And in case these ever expanding boundaries become too overwhelming, Rogovin suggests proven strategies to help students focus questions on topics of thematic study. Just as the themes for investigation grow, so does the students' confidence. Note taking becomes more detailed and specific, and students become more inventive, writing books that can be the focus of guided reading, creating poems, painting murals, acting in plays, or singing songs.

The interview has far-reaching implications. It can provide a fertile medium for inquiry-based learning . . . the perfect research tool . . . a meaningful way to introduce multiculturalism . . . a springboard for family and community involvement. Although Rogovin describes strategies used in her elementary classroom, the methods can easily be adapted by middle school teachers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An inspiring account of how a first-grade teacher uses interviews with family and community members.”–Rethinking Schools
First-grade teacher Rogovin shows other teachers how student interviews drive inquiry in social studies, writing, reading, science, and math. Chapter one walks the reader through an actual interview. Subsequent chapters cover choosing an interview subject; formulating questions and conducting interviews; extending the learning via activities involving different curriculum areas; and the daily schedule and how interviews fit into it. The final chapter uses a year-long classroom study to show how the concepts are kept alive after the interviews are over. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325000473
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 5/7/1998
  • Series: Teacher to Teacher Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 153
  • Sales rank: 738,972
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

A teacher in the New York City public schools for thirty-five years, Paula Rogovin continues to love teaching, especially inquiry, which makes her teaching fulfilling and joyous. Paula currently teaches first grade at the Manhattan New School, P.S. 290, and is the author of Why Can't You Behave?: The Teacher's Guide to Creative Classroom Management, K - 3 (Heinemann, 2004), The Research Workshop: Bringing the World into Your Classroom (Heinemann 2001), and Classroom Interviews: A World of Learning (Heinemann, 1998). She is a longtime social activist and mother of three adult sons.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: My Thoughts About Education

Listen In on an Interview

The Interview--Fulcrum of the Curriculum

Reaching Out to Our Community

Strategies for Interviewing

Planning the Day

Keeping the Concepts Alive

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