Ride the Bus
What is this?
Riding the bus with students is a specific context in which to observe students that bridges their home environment and school world. This resource provides some thoughts on why and how to ride the bus with students.
When should I use this?
Riding the bus with students would be a particularly effective way to learn about a new location, its families, and its schools. It would also serve as a positive way to build empathy with families and students that are unlike you.
More about this...
The journey that students take to school can tell you a lot about their home environment, local context, social interactions, and what happens in the crucial time at the beginning and end of school days. You can treat the bus ride as a time to observe or ask students questions. Getting permission to ride a bus may take some time so prepare in advance, especially if you intend to take pictures or videos.