Session IV-3: Pond interview - week four
Time frame: Approximately 10 minutes per trainee
· Evaluate trainees'
technical comprehension, and ability and willingness to apply
Motivate trainees to maximize their learning through making the best possible
use of their ponds as learning
· Help trainees identify aspects of their pond
management that need further thought, modification or action.
Overview: This is not a session design. It is a set of trainer
notes that describe the procedure used for implementing pond interviews.
Although staff members interact with the trainees at their ponds several times a
day, this time is used for more formalized interviews dealing specifically with
the trainees' pond work. The interviews take place at the ponds. By asking the
trainees specific questions about their management practices and the
observations they have made, trainers not only have an opportunity to evaluate
the trainees comprehension and work, but also provide the trainees with some
food for thought and a reminder of their accountability in their pond work. The
questions asked often help trainees focus on aspects of their management they
would like to explore further, pique their curiosity about some aspect of their
ponds or fish that they had not previously considered, evaluate some of the
actions they have already taken in their pond work, or give them ideas for
additional management activities.
· Each staff member
is assigned certain trainees to
Each staff member carries a clipboard, on which he/she has one form for each of
the trainees he/she is to interview. The forms have the date, the trainee's
name, and the questions to be asked in the interview with spaces between each
one for the trainer to make comments about the trainee's
· Staff members should review the questions among
themselves prior to the interviews. They should make sure they all interpret the
questions the same way, that they are consistent in the kind of information they
expect to obtain from each, and that they have similar ideas about the kinds of
notes they will take during the
· When the trainees arrive at the training site, they
are told to remain at their ponds until a trainer has spoken with them (they
will be going directly to their ponds each morning for daily pond time in any
case, but it is helpful to give them these instructions anyway in case
interviews run late, or in case some trainees plan to spend part of their time
away from their ponds to get fertilizer or do some other pond related
· For each interview, the trainer approaches the
trainee at hihe/sher pond. The trainer informs the trainee, in a polite but
formal tone, that he/she will be asking him/her some questions about hihe/sher
pond this morning. The trainer has hihe/sher clipboard out and the form prepared
so that he/she can make notes as the trainee responds to the
· The trainer asks the trainee the questions listed on
the form, noting down the trainees responses as well as other comments (for
example, the trainer might note that the trainee knew a great deal of the
information without looking in hihe/sher notebook, or that the trainee seemed
enthusiastic and eager to discuss hihe/sher pond work in depth, or that the
trainee had extremely disorganized notes and was unable to find information
· The trainer should try not to deviate from the
questions listed, though an occasional follow-up question may be unavoidable
based upon the trainee's
· Upon completion of the interview, the trainer thanks
the trainee, provides information regarding the meeting time for the next
activity (or whatever is appropriate), and leaves the trainee to resume
hihe/sher pond work. The trainer should then go to a reasonably private location
to quickly fill in any notes he/she needs to make on the form regarding the
interview before continuing on to the next
example of a first pond interview form follows:
First Pond Interview
1. What is the surface area of your pond?
2. What are your thoughts now about your stocking technique?
3. Exactly what did you stock? (Species, weight, number). How do
4. What is actually in your pond now? How do you know?
5. What have you learned so far about the fish in your pond?
(Should include whether or not they are on feed and how they know)
6. What have you learned so far about the water quality in your
7. What have you done for your fish today?
8. May I please see your records?
9. How can you best use this pond to maximize fish production
and your own understanding of fish culture? What are your short term plans for
your pond for the next few