Blog Post 4

My interview went extremely well besides the story corp app deleted my physical interview. But before it did I was able to transcribe some of my interview. My interview went extremely well and I was able to meet the requirement of being 30 minutes. This is what I was originally worried about.  However, it went extremely well once we got into our flow.  I interviewed an elementary school teacher, Rachel, who works at Lakemont Elementary school.

When we first started our interview it was a bit awkward Rachel was not used to being interviewed so there were a lot of um’s and nervous laughs within her answers. This was from my side as well I was not used to interviewing so I had to learn what to ask and how to ask. I noticed that she would answer the minimum very short answers. So I had to ask question words like, why, how, and when. I had to push her to get her talking more and more. It was interesting because I learned so much from this one conversation. At the beginning, we were focusing on listening and Rachel said that is her whole job. She then went into details of who she has to listen to and why. For example, she has to listen to parents, co-workers, her principal, and the students. If she doesn’t listen properly to the students than they might do poorly on a test or standardized test because they could not understand the lesson.

The second part of the interview was much more of a conversation. I started asking her questions about her experiences and her advice. It almost became like a mentor session and was so helpful because she prepared me for what I will face. I loved the interview I learned a lot and how to properly interview.Overall, I wanted to interview someone with my future career so I could relate and understand the importance of listening within their field.

Blog Post 3

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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Blog Post 2

I plan on interviewing, a current teacher in the school system now. I have several options but I am leaning towards one in particular. Her name is Rachel and is a Rollins Alum. She is teaching now within the  Orange County school district.  She is a second grade teacher, I believe that will be clarified within my interview. I chose her because she was in my shoes not to long ago. She is 23 and went through the same education I am going through. I want to hear about her experience within Rollins and how it prepared her or did not prepare her for entering the “real world”. I plan on asking her about her favorite memory so far and her worst memory. I want to hear about potential crises I might face as a future teacher. Since, her profession is one I want to achieve I would also like to get her viewpoint on controversial issues known within education. A major one is her view on private vs. public. Which is better to teach in? Then another question I have is how does she feel about the common core testing. Nowadays there is so much negativity surrounding teachers that they are teaching to test. Meaning they are only focused on their kids passing the test so their school receives better grades and receives more money for funding. I know Rachel works in a school where lots of children come from the lower class and their family life is not ideal. Therefore, I can’t wait to hear her thoughts on the matter.

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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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.