I have three daughters: Edy - 22, Jordan - 27, Maxine - 28. And I STILL think carefully when I ask them how they are, what is going on with their jobs, how their relationships are going… The work of eliciting information, being open-ended, demonstrating active listening skills is not easy!
Some of you may have received lists when your students were younger, but it is worth revisiting and adapting as they mature. There are many lists out there to explore! I have tweaked one to apply to middle school:
Tell me about the best part of your day.
What was the hardest thing (as a learner or in a friendship) you had to do today?
How did you surprise yourself today?
Who did you eat lunch with today?
Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
Children retell their days in all sorts of ways, and our role is to take the information and filter it through the lens of our experiences and reality! We encourage you to turn to us for clarification. Email your student’s bungalow, a specific teacher, their Advisor, or Katie, Ilene, or me! We RESPOND, we make appointments, we listen.
P.S. The 7th Grade Social Studies team is looking for a parent/adult who knows how to quilt and can work with a small group of students at lunch to make a quilt square. They are also seeking a parent/adult who can help a small group of students choreograph a short and simple hip hop, African, or tap dance combination. If you are interested in either, please email Melicca McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!