Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Conversation Starters

     After spending the day at school, it is so important for students to make connections and have the space to talk about their day.  Here are some ideas of ways to ask your student how their day was in order to elicit longer responses with more detail and keep a conversation going.  It is helpful to ask open-ended questions instead of yes/no questions in order to get more than one-word responses.  Try using a question as an exit ticket from the dinner table!

  • What was the best thing you did at school today?
  • I used to play freeze tag at recess. What do you and your friends do?
  • I heard that you sat with new people at lunch today. What did you talk about?
  • Who did you like talking to the most?
  • What part of your presentation do you think was the best?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • What makes you feel happy, proud, loved, etc?
  • What is something that challenged you?
  • If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
  • What were two highlights and one lowlight for the day?
  • Tell me three things that happened to you today and how they made you feel.
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By: Danielle Swenson
White Pine STEM Academy School Counselor

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