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Today I had the opportunity to sit down, at lunch, with a very special fifth grade student.  I thought it would be interesting to get her perspective on some of the questions, I have about public schools.  While her responses were not necessarily earth shattering, they were candid.  I won’t add any analysis at this time, but feel free to share your perspective in the comment section.

Me: What do you enjoy most about school?

Alina: I enjoy seeing my friends, and my teacher, every day.

Me: What do you like least about school?

Alina: I honestly don’t know.  I don’t really have anything.  I really like school.

Me: If you were given one day to study anything you wanted what would it be?  How would you learn about that topic?

Alina: I would study science, because it is fun and you can try new things.  I would read science books and try a lot of science experiments.

Me: How do you use technology at school?

Alina: We use it to look stuff up, but not to play games.  We use sites like dictionary.com.  We don’t use it a lot, we mostly have textbooks.

Me:  How do you use technology at home?

Alina: I play games, like Minecraft.  I also use it to learn new things.  Like when I started to play Minecraft, I had no idea how to do it, so I looked it up on YouTube.  I also use YouTube to learn songs, and how to draw things.

Me:  Is there a class you don’t have that you wish you did?

Alina: I wish I had art class.

Me: What do you think is the most important class in school?  Why?

Alina: Probably math, because it helps you figure stuff out.  Like if you work at a restaurant, they usually have cash registers, but they might be broken.  You just need math to know what is happening…a lot.

Me:  How often do you hear about the AIMS test (Arizona’s high-stakes standardized test)?

Alina:  A lot.  Like in math, they will say if you don’t have a label, it might be counted wrong on the AIMS.  Or, they say this is important, it will probably be on the AIMS test.

Me: How much homework do you have.  How does it help you, and what don’t you like about it?

Alina:  We have a lot of homework — usually three, or four subjects.  It’s hard to explain how it helps me.  Extra practice and help…I guess.  I don’t like that we have so much homework.

Me:  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Why?

Alina:  Either a teacher, or a veterinarian?  Wait, is a veterinarian a vet?  Yeah…a teacher, or a veterinarian?  I would like to be a teacher because they get to be around kids all the time.  I would like to be a veterinarian because they get to be around animals all the time.


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2 thoughts on “Interview with a Fifth Grader

  • November 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you!! I love this and want to steal your idea (and some questions)! We need student POW for our community. Our leadership team blogs but I love the structure here. And your questions focus on learning and interests. Thanks again!

    • November 12, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Thanks Catina. Feel free to use whatever you like :)
      Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

      Have a great week!


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