Imagine Heathside: Creating An Exemplary Place to Learn and Work Interview Guide for Students and Staff SUGGESTED OPENING STATEMENT: "Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed as part of the Imagine Heathside project. This effort will involve everyone in the school in helping create the Heathside of the Future. We will be doing "appreciative interviews", asking people to tell stories about times when they saw things working at their BEST. Usually we ask about things that are broken - the problems - so that we can fix them. In this case, we’re trying to look at things at their best -- the successes -- so that we can find out what works and do more of it. This should take about 45 minutes. Before we start, do you have any questions?” ________________________________________________________ Tips for successful interviews Please read the questions as they are written. Help the other person tell his/her story; help them remember the details. Be genuinely curious about their experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Here are some questions to use if the person needs help sharing the story: Tell me more. What was going on that caused you to feel that way? What makes that important to you? How did that affect you? What was your contribution? What was the school doing that helped you do this? What were other people doing that helped? What do you think was really making it work? If someone doesn’t want to, or can’t answer any of the interview questions, that’s okay; let it go and go on to the next question and try and come back to the question you missed before the end of the interview. Taking notes - Make sure you write down the person’s words, phrases of quotes that excited you. WRITE SO OTHERS CAN READ IT! When you are finished with your interview, please immediately and neatly fill out the Interview Summary Sheet. Then take your interview notes and the summary sheet to the school office and put them into the proper boxes. Summary Sheet in box 1 Answers to questions 1-6 in box 2 Answers to Questions 7-8 in box 3 Thanks from the Core Team Imagine Heathside Interview Guide for Students and Staff Who is being interviewed? _________________________________ This person is a: Student (year____) Teacher Staff How long has this person been at Heathside?________________ Who is doing the interview? _______________________________ Date: _____________________________________________________ Note: If interviewing a student or teacher, start with question 1. If not, please start with question 2. 1. Student: Think about the best teacher you have had at Heathside. Tell me about a time you were having a brilliant experience in his or her classroom. Teacher: Will you please tell me a story about the class you most enjoyed teaching? 2. Will you please tell me a story about a time when you felt most excited and enthusiastic here at Heathside? It may have been in the classroom or not. (If necessary, ask What was happening? Who was involved? What were you doing?) Interviewee Name________________________ p. 2 3. Can you please share a time here at Heathside when you knew that you mattered and it helped build your confidence. 4. Can you think of a story that demonstrates the caring atmosphere at Heathside? 5. We believe people do their best when challenged to excel and are given the encouragement and support to do so. Will you tell me about a time here when you felt you were pushed to be your very best and knew you had support behind you? 6. What do you think gives life to Heathside? What is at the center of this school, which if it did not exist, would make Heathside totally different than it is today? Interviewee Name ________________________p. 3 7. If you had three wishes for Heathside which would make it an even better place to learn and work, what would they be? a. b. c. 8. If you came to school tomorrow and one small thing had changed making the school better, what would it be? Imagine Heathside Interview Summary Sheet for Students and Staff Who was interviewed? _________________________________________ This person is a: Student (year____) Teacher Staff How long has this person been at Heathside? __________________ Who did the interview? _______________________________________ Date: ________________________________________________________ 1. What was the most exciting story or stories you heard during the interview? 2. What were the best quotes that came out of the interview and which question does each come from? 3. Other interesting things you heard in this interview?
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