Hi Nicole Schmidt -- thanks so much for sharing this post! Sounds like 5th grade is rife with student judgment -- of themselves and fear of judgment from their peers. Asking for help can be terribly stigmatizing for students, especially if it's about something they "should" already know. It seems there's a lot of opportunity to build one-on-one support systems here -- between you and your students, and between your students and their peers. One-on-one interactions relieve the pressure that comes with full-group environments and also give teachers and students a chance to be more authentic and, in some cases, even vulnerable. It seems Empathy Interviews would be a neat activity to help add detail to your already-rich insights! Can't what to hear what's next!
Hi Jessica Campbell -- thanks so much for sharing this post! What an incredible, in-depth Personal Inventory. I especially enjoyed the section on Sentence Completions; open-ended prompts always allow for compelling, interpretive responses. I continue to sit with the statement, "The thing that upsets me most is: When somebody is getting bullied."
I wonder how you might implement an abbreviated version of this inventory with even more students. It seems you and your colleagues could derive a wealth of actionable insights if you asked for responses from a broader, more representative group. Can't what to hear what's next!
Hi Courtney Groskin -- thanks so much for sharing this post! Your instinct to observe a student during lunch, rather than class time, was a keen one; there are so many authentic social dynamics that occur in the lunchroom and playground that are much more subtly manifested in classrooms. I wonder how you might be more systematic about collecting info about students' experiences, both during lunch and in classrooms. Can't wait to hear what's next!