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Gotham second-graders sharpen their interview skills

Where did you go to school? Do you like your job? What do you teach your students? These are some of the questions Gotham Avenue second-graders in Arielle Parisi’s class asked Dutch Broadway School physical education teacher Debra Bennett during a recent video conference.

The video conference conversation was a culminating activity to the students’ recent study of biographies – to interview someone who has made a difference in their community. Ms. Parisi selected Ms. Bennett as the interview subject due to her volunteer efforts on behalf of Building Homes for Heroes. The organization is committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. They build or modify homes and gift them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families.

The class was broken into groups. Each took turns seated in front of the video conference camera prepared with questions, paper and a pencil. The students wrote Mrs. Bennett’s answers to their questions down in bullet form. After the video conference, students were tasked with turning their notes into complete sentences and paragraph form, as a biographical narrative about Ms. Bennett’s life. Each student will write a page and illustrate their work.

 Photo Captions: 1. Gotham Avenue School second-graders in Arielle Parisi’s class interviewed Dutch Broadway School physical education teacher Debra Bennett via videoconference.

Gotham second-graders sharpen their interview skills

  1. Gotham Avenue School second-grader Maximiliano Bonilla was diligent in his notetaking.

Gotham second-graders sharpen their interview skills

3. Gotham Avenue School teacher Arielle Parisi assisted students (from left): Myles Contant, Nigel Selix-Nicolas and Matthew Lopez during the interview.

Gotham second-graders sharpen their interview skills