Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Interviews with Seventh Graders

SO, every year I do an interview project with my seventh grade students. They interview each other and then write a magazine article about the person. It's a great way for them to get to know each other, for me to get to know them, and for them to experiment with writing. Now for the exciting part...as a practice for the interviews they conduct of each other, I always let them interview me for 10-15 minutes. It's the one day each year that I let them ask me any question (almost) and I let them get to know me. Plus, by doing so, they practice the skills I want them to learn anyway.

Here are the top 5 entertaining questions I got today:

5. What is your most embarrassing moment? (EVERY class ALWAYS asks this one)

4. What conditioner do you use? (REALLY?)

3. Are you Russian? (...not sure how he guessed)

2. How did you meet your husband ("I don't know. I'll let you know when I find him.")

And the kicker...

1. Are you married? If yes, do you like him? If no, do you want to be? (Seriously, what kind of a question is that?!?!? How was I supposed to answer? ... "Umm, no, I'm not married but if I ever do get married I hope I like him. And, yes, I would like to get married, but please don't try to set me up. I'll find my own dates.")

Once again, seventh graders never cease to make me laugh! Just thought I'd share!


Jeff said...

So what is your most embarrasing moment? That is an excellent question.

Robyn's second graders got to interview me last year. There were a few interesting questions. Kids are fun, and it's fun to get a glimpse into their thoughts by the questions they ask.

Robyn said...

I always get the "How old are you?" question, but this year I got a new one. "Are you going to have a baby soon?" I guess I need to get back to the gym.

Carol said...

Ok, you've left the teaser question unanswered. What was your most embarrasing moment...or at least the one you told them?

Paul and Susan said...

That is a great idea to let your students interview you. I would think it would help them feel more comfortable with you as a teacher and they are more likely to ask you questions in the future when they don't understand something in class.

Ann said...

Awww, c'mon. You don't want them to try to set you up? Why limit your options? :-)