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Getting to Know Our Students with Identity Interviews

Why Identity Videos?

As teachers, we don’t get a lot of information about our students before we need to teach them! We are usually handed a class list with some demographic information, maybe we have access to last year’s standardized test scores, and we might get a brief chance to meet their families at Open House. With such limited information, we might unconsciously start forming narratives in our head about our students based on assumptions, biases, and partial knowledge. By asking students some simple questions, we open the door to a deeper understanding of our students and a more accurate narrative.

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