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Educator Tools: Assigning Student Interviews

Interviewing can be an important skill for students to learn. It can help them gather information about a topic, and it can also expose them to a range of opinions, helping them to see that there are often many sides to an issue.

  • Break up students into small groups, with each group assigned a different issue. Instruct each group to discuss the issue, and decide whether to address the whole issue or a narrower topic within it.
  • Have the group brainstorm a list of questions, on the issue or a subtopic, to ask students from other groups.
  • Designate students in each group as interviewers or interviewees. After all of the groups have drawn up their questions, have students conduct the interviews, asking questions of students in the other groups.
  • Classroom discussion: What did students learn from the interview process? About other students' viewpoints?

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