Kristin Leclaire and Anne Smith are going to be mentoring a student teacher for the first half of next semester. Randon is coming in from out of state (Wartburg College has a program where they place student teachers in the Denver Metro area) and, like many student teachers, won’t have much of an opportunity to get the lay of the land before he starts.
So, to try to get a jump on getting to know the students, Randon developed some questions for them that Kristin and Anne then posted on their blogs. (Leclaire English 10, Smith English 9, Smith English World Literature). The questions varied slightly depending on the class, but here’s what he asked the students in English World Literature:
- I (Mr. Ruggles) have never lived in Colorado. What is your favorite thing about Colorado
- What do you like about English Literature?
- How do you learn best? In what concrete, specific ways?
- What sorts of activities in the classroom have been really meaningful to you?
- What sorts of activities outside of the classroom have been really meaningful to you?
- What are you passionate about?
- What sorts of things will you be participating in or doing second semester (Either inside or outside of AHS)?
- Next semester we will be looking at The Picture of Dorian Gray. What do you know about this book?
- What is your favorite thing about the people of England or the country of England?
- What is one thing I (Mr. Ruggles) should know about this class?
- If you were teaching the class, what is one thing you would change?
- What is one thing you want to accomplish on the first day of class second semester?
- What are you really motivated by (besides your parent/guardian and receiving good grades)?
- What is one thing you want to know about me (Mr. Ruggles)?
- Finally, what one character in a movie or a book are you most like at this point in your life? Why?
Take a look at the three posts and how the students responded to the questions. I thought this was a great way to start to get to know the students and the culture of the class, and for the students to start to get to know Randon.