Rathfarnham Educate Together, Session 8 – Monster Interviews and Passports

In their evaluations, the children had mentioned how they enjoyed meeting different puppets, so I brought them a new one, a “City Mouse” glove puppet. This lead to some very interesting discussions around the habits of the domestic mouse.

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We looked back at the photographs from the previous weeks and the children enjoyed calling out each creator’s name, so it felt like a kind of celebration. We then called up on the whiteboard the previous weeks’ questions and asked had they other questions to add. We then invited them to silently choose a partner to work with, presenting it as a challenge. These partners sat together, and I gave out some cardboard “microphones” so that the children could take it in turns to interview each others’ monster, with the interviewer / journalist jotting down the answers for the monster.¬† We timed each interview, ringing a bell at the changeover time, so each had equal chance to “reveal” itself through the questioning process. The interviewers could use the questions on the whiteboard to help them if they needed prompts and the “monsters / heroes” were encouraged to not worry about the “truth” or content of their answers but to just play along and see what their character might say.

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I showed them some old passports and introduced the idea of creating a Passport for life for their monster / hero – one that could tell all about them. Then together, by folding and cutting, they each made a simple booklet to be their passport. Which we will return to in the next session.

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