My interview was with Rachel Ellerbe, an elementary school teacher who teaches second grade. I wanted to choose an interviewee who was in my career field because I wanted to see how listening relates to my profession. Going into this interview I thought I knew most of the ways listening related but I didn’t think of how listening is a two way street. Rachel discussed how crucial it is for the students to listen to each other and the teacher. Along with the students the parents are a key component of the children’s education and they must listen to their students and the teacher. Rachel told me that at the beginning of the school year she had a whole lesson on the importance of communications and listening. She had to teach the students to listen to each other. By doing this she demonstrated using a talking stick to help the students learn how to take turns when speaking in class. She also recently did an activity where she had taught the students something. Then they had to teach another student and that student had to report to her about it. This way she was learning what the students did and did not learn in her lesson. Then she could go back and reteach the material that needed to be retaught. The common themes in my interview were the importance of emotional listening and promoting interpersonal relationships. Rachel needs to be there emotionally for these students to better understand them and their learning styles. She needs to be able to listen to issues they are having with the material they are covering in class. If the students are also having trouble making friends or not getting along with others in the class or being bullied. Rachel has to be there to listen to them emotionally. In addition, Rachel also has to be promoting interpersonal relationships with the students and parents, this can be done through listening. She needs to listen to what they have to say but they need to be comfortable enough to talk to her. So slowly overtime this interpersonal relationship develops between the teacher and the students.
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Questions I would ask to the interviewee:
1.What’s your name? – It’s important to have the interviewee introduce their self to establish small talk, become comfortable with the interviewer, and introduce them to the audience.
2.What is your profession? – This is necessary because it is the basis of the interview I will interview the person on their profession. This is to gain some background knowledge on the individual.
3.How did you get involved in this profession? – This is needed to learn about the person’s prior experiences to understand how they came to be what they are.
- What is your favorite memory of being a… (profession)? – This is a deeper question telling the audience a positive experience they have had while holding their profession.
- Who influenced you to become a … (profession)? -This begs the question was anyone there in your life who changed it for the better to help you discover who you were meant to be? Or if there was not do you wish there was? Once again an intimate question I would save for the end because you don’t want to ask them something personal before you ask the individual their own name.