Storytelling Prompts

Ideas for Teachers:

  • What is one time you felt powerless over the testing or homework mandated in your classroom?
  • What national changes would you like to see made in education?
  • What local changes would you like to see?
  • How do you see yourself a part of that change?
  • Do you feel you have allies in your school community? Who are they?
  • What were the policies in place that shaped your first year as a classroom teacher and how did that compare to the policies today?
  • What inspired you to become a teacher?


Ideas for Parents:

  • What is one time you felt powerless over your child’s homework?
  • What is one way you can be an advocate in your community for change around the issue of education/excessive homework/undue stress in schools?
  • Do you feel afraid to admit your child has struggles in school?
  • What would an ideal day after school look like for your family?
  • What is one change you would like to see made around education?
  • How do you see yourself a part of that change?
  • What is one action you think you could take to be a part of implementing that change?


Ideas for Students:

  • Describe a day in your life (starting with what time you wake up) and share what would an ideal school day would look like to you.
  • What would your ideal school environment look like?
  • What characteristics would your ideal teacher have?
  • Your ideal coach? Extracurricular advisor?
  • What happens to you when your parents speak to you about homework and grades?
  • What do you want your parents and teachers to know about you?
  • What would you like to be when you grow up?
  • How do you see your education helping you to get there?
  • Do you feel that school is preparing you for your adult life?
  • Do you have a positive relationship at school with at least one adult?


Ideas for Policymakers:

  • What do you feel is your community’s most important educational priority?
  • What practices in schools reinforce that priority?
  • Who are the most influential stakeholders in shaping school policy in your community?
  • What role do parents play in influencing educational policies?
  • What role do teachers play?
  • What role do students play?
  • Who would you like to hear from more?


Ideas for All:

  • How do you define success?
  • How are you impacted by the race to nowhere that has become childhood?
  • How do you envision the schools of the future?
  • What is your most memorable learning experience?
  • What were the factors that made it so memorable?
  • For adults, what was your path to becoming the person you are today?
  • Were there challenges you overcame along the way or successes in spite of mistakes?
  • How are you planning to break out of the race?