Speaking and Listening: End of the year reflective exit interviews

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SWBAT participate effectively in conversation and adapt language to fit the formal nature of the conversation by answering questions during an end-of-year exit interview.

Big Idea

How can we help students verbally communicate better?

Warm Up-Set the expectations for the interviews

10 minutes

There are going to be many times that my students need to exhibit adult behaviors.  Particularly, they are going to need to know what to expect from a job interview.  Many of my students struggle looking me in the eye when asking me if they can borrow a pencil.  Yesterday, students wrote me a letter offering suggestions on how to improve class.  Today, they are going to participate in an exit interview.  

To prepare them for this, I am going to role play what it will look like.  I will be a student and demonstrate how to shake hands with a teacher (student volunteer), how to look a teacher in the eye and how to exhibit manners when speaking to a teacher.  I will explain that the exit interview is a chance for me to ask a follow up question from their letter and a chance for me to see how their confidence has grown this year.  

I show them the X-factor Exit Interview which demonstrates some of the types of questions I will ask; for example, what was your favorite part of class, did you feel supported, etc.  


I will also show them the internship exit interview protocol video which is a short clip which explains why a particular company wants to have exit interviews and what they hope to gain from the interview.  

To end the mini unit, I write today's objectives on the board. SWBAT adapt their speech to speech that is consistent with a formal interview (SL.9-10.6).  SWBAT participate effectively in discussions and express their own ideas clearly (SL.9-10.1)



Interview time!

65 minutes

Today is the last day that I see these particular students.  They have already taken their final and the state mandated, end of course exam.  Today is also a block scheduling day so I have a 90 minute block to work with.  Over the years, I have collected a ton of games from garage sales.  I have Boogle, Scattergories and Bananagrams.  They are all games that deal with vocabulary, language, or words.  While I am conducting three minute interviews in the hallway, students get to play games at their table.  Traditionally, students love this day!

The interview:  I have two chairs arranged in the hallway.  My chair is arranged so I can look into the classroom and make sure everyone is in a seat and not acting out of control.  I call a student to the hallway, shake their hand, start my three minute timer and ask them one of the questions on the Exit Interview Questions sheet.  I let the students speak for as long as they would like to. I don't ask the next question until they are finished talking.  I choose these questions because they help propel the conversation.  Some students need prompting, some are more than willing just to talk freely about their time in my classroom. 

This video demonstrates why exit interviews are important


Good Bye!

5 minutes

As another year comes to an end, I take a moment to thank my students for all of their hard work.  Being an adolescent is tough and I appreciate everything they do.  I say thanks and give lots of hugs, high fives, and well wishes as they walk out the door.