At the JEA Conference in Indy, I stumbled upon a course at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. While it wasn’t an ideal session time, the content tugged at my heartstrings. The title was, “StoryCorps: The Great Thanksgiving Listen.”
The session reminded me of a project my sixth grade teacher had me do. I was asked to interview a family member, record it and write a paper. I have treasured that cassette tape ever since my grandma passed in 1987.
The cool part about the session was that with the advance of technology, students can now use the StoryCorps app to archive their interviews at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.
The app provides students with entry-level interviewing techniques and really allows them to interview anyone with success. It has hundreds of questions students can use to prepare and interview. However, what I enjoy most is the confidence and the deep stories we are finding that we will use in the yearbook this year.
We are planning on using this interview app to help us find unique stories that otherwise would not have been found. By going out and interviewing, students have found very powerful stories that they never expected.
For teachers new to teaching publications, they have a teacher toolkit online as well. Enjoy!
Parkway West High School Ballwin, MO
Mother to Sydney and Zoe, wife of Michael and teacher to many publications students. Passionate about empowering students to be their personal best. Always striving to be better than I was yesterday.