Activity
Liberating Structures, Ongoing engagement

Appreciative Interviews

Maha Bali

Maha Bali

Autumm Caines

Autumm Caines

Mia Zamora

Mia Zamora

To invite students to use their bodies to represent, collaboratively, an image of something that is worth discussing.

ACTIVITY PURPOSE

To help groups identify elements of success.

USEFUL FOR

Helping students prepare for working together in groups or on a project or on something with a common output.

PREPARATION

None.

INSTRUCTIONS

Students work in pairs then in fours, then regroup with the whole group, using breakout rooms and Google docs.

  1. Each pair interviews each other for 5 minutes at a time, asking the other “Think of a time when you did _______ successfully, what made that experience successful?The interviewer stays quiet, and can ask probing questions that just encourage the interviewee to expand, such as “why do you think that is?” or “tell me more” but does not offer their own reaction/feedback. After 5 minutes, they switch roles. It helps to take notes of key elements in the other person’s story.
  2. Pairs match up with other pairs to make fours. Each person in a pair tells the story of the person they were interviewing and brings out key elements of success. After all have shared, they make a list of elements of success that they can try to take forward.

DURATION

10 minutes for the first round in breakouts of pairs.

10 minutes for the second round in breakouts of four (you can skip this step if you wish).

And then debrief in the main room would vary, depending on how much depth you go into in terms of letting all groups share out orally or in writing.

ADAPTATIONS AND EXAMPLES

This can potentially be done asynchronously where each person writes up (or does a video of) what they would say in an interview, and then the group analyzes the written text of each other to identify elements of success using annotations or create a list separately.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Breakout rooms and Google docs if done synchronously.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Watch Video

ABOUT

  • Educator prep: None
  • Student prep: None
  • Synchronous
  • On-screen annotation, Shared online space
  • Duration: Variable

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Liberating Structures, Ongoing engagement

Appreciative Interviews

Liberating Structures, Ongoing engagement

Appreciative Interviews