4th Grade Podcast Host

It’s National Podcast Day. 

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What better way to celebrate than to record the inaugural episodes of “Weir Plainfield” – pronounced ‘We’re Plainfield’ – a podcast entirely made and produced by 4th graders in Mrs. Weir’s class?

Students in Mrs. Weir’s class at Clarks Creek Elementary have been working on learning about podcasts – their purpose, how they’re engineered, how they’re uploaded, etc. They had to jump some hurdles on listening to various educational podcasts, since most podcast programs/websites are blocked by our explicit-rating firewall. Overcoming challenges in researching helped them learn perseverance, while they also explored the 4C’s – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity – to bring this project to life.

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Today, students invited Plainfield town leaders to come and be interviewed. They broke into small groups, where they asked scripted questions to their interviewees, along with some off-the-cuff questions. Interviewees included:

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  • Al Geans – Asst. Town Manager of Community

  • Andrew Klinger – Town Manager

  • Nate Thorne – Asst. Town Manager

  • Jared McKee – Exec. Dir. of Public Safety

  • Stephanie Singh – Dir. of Communications and Marketing

  • Chief Kyle Prewitt – Plainfield Chief of Police

  • Deputy Chief Joe Aldridge – Plainfield Deputy Chief of Police

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(Writer’s note: I ended up being interviewed, and one of my off-the-cuff questions was “How old are you?” This writer wasn’t offended until the student responded with “Whoa!”)

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‘Weir Plainfield’ isn’t available for download–YET– but we’ll make sure to let everyone know when they can listen! Also, if you’re a someone who is a community leader, has a unique job, etc and would be willing to be interviewed by the best bunch of 4th grade podcast hosts, reach out to Mrs. Weir at sweir@plainfield.k12.in.us