An essential first step for all students to take after conducting an interview is to reflect on the experience. Consider having students respond to the following prompts:
What did I hear and learn about this person’s story?
How is this person’s story different or similar to my story or my family’s story?
I wonder what I would be like if I had experienced some of the things this person or their family have?
In a large group consider allowing each student to share some of their response. Encourage students to share a quotation from their partner’s words directly. A particularly moving teaching strategy you might adapt for this debrief is a town hall circle.
Another way to encourage students to learn about each other’s stories is to have them listen to a set number of answers, or interviews, from the Moving Stories website and to have them record their responses in a journal or in a class discussion. One strategy that might be particularly apt for this kind of debrief would be a fishbowl discussion. Here is a link to a description of the fishbowl teaching strategy. As a prompt for the discussion, ask students:
What similarities did they notice between the stories?
What differences did they notice?
What themes, dilemmas, or challenges did they notice from across the different stories?