Our Learning with Guest Artists virtual residencies provide a jumping-off point to think about what traditions are important in your community and how to document the people who practice them to create a Local Learning Profile. Finding local tradition bearers starts with interviewing people closest to you. You might document a friend’s skate boarding trick, a parent’s recipe, or the school secretary’s needlework. You might also identify traditional musicians, dancers, or craftspeople from good cooks to boat builders.
Use the Local Learning Regional Resources to find information and organizations to help you learn more about regional traditions.
Asking questions and listening closely to the answers is key to interviewing. Start with Local Learning Interview Basics, review some of the great interview guides we recommend, and be sure to use Release Forms.
Once you’ve completed your interview, gather all your notes, photos, sketches, and recordings and plan how to organize them. You can then create web pages, podcasts, picture books, posters, slide shows, scrapbooks, skits, or poetry to tell the story of the people you interview.
Below are basic elements to help you create your profile no matter what format you use. Making a storyboard will help you organize your research.
Be sure to share your profile. Your audience can include your classmates, grade level, or the whole school as well as libraries, newspapers, radio or TV stations, museums, historical societies, friends, and family members.