Your goal is to complete the project planning form you started yesterday. In the afternoon we will be conducting a full tuning protocol as a means to strengthen our work.
Afternoon 1 pm to 2 pm Topic: Showcasing work and commitments for next steps We will be combining again with the Project 101 group for a larger group process on Tuning a project idea. Protocols are a powerful way to build stronger conversations around our work. There are some resources on this approach here:
Project Tunings page - our friends at Island Pacific Academy put together a page on Tuning Protocols at their school.
Friday Afternoon: Fine Tuning Protocol
1. Intro to Group Norms & Protocol overview. [5 minutes]
Hard on Content, Soft on People, Work on the presenters dilemma, Donʼt dominate the conversation, Avoid back patting, Adhere to the Structure, Time to think is ok, Eliminate outside distractions
2. Overview of the Dilemma [20 minutes] A. The teacher presenting shares problem [5 minutes]
B. Clarifying questions [5 minutes]: Clarifying questions are for the benefit of the asker and are questions that elicit a short, factual response. Some examples of clarifying questions:
How much time does the project take?
How were the students grouped?
What resources did the students have available for this project?
C. Probing questions. [10 minutes]: The purpose of probing questions is to help the presenter think about his/her question in a new way (not to give advice about how YOU'd do it, such as, "Have you considered..."). Examples of probing questions include:
What is your hunch about...?
Why is this a dilemma for you?
How did you decide/determine/conclude...?
What's another way you might...?
3. Group conversation regarding the dilemma. [15 minutes]: The purpose of group conversation is the participants talking amongst themselves about the presenterʼs question. The presenter steps out of the circle and listens and takes notes only. The conversation is not directed to the presenter. It is directed to the group and focuses on the presenter's dilemma.
Begin with warm feedback. What are the strengths in this situation?
Then, constructive feedback, such as...What are the gaps? What isn't the presenter considering? What recommendations does anyone have?
4. Response from the presenter. [5-10 minutes]: The presenter has the opportunity to respond to the discussion. It is not necessary to respond point by point to what others said. The presenter may share what struck him or her and what next steps might be taken as a result of the ideas generated by the discussion.
5. Debrief. [5 minutes]: The debrief is not a time to continue discussing the dilemma. Instead focus on questions like…
Did we have a good question?
Did we stick to the question?
Did our probing questions push the presenter’s thinking?
Was there a moment where we got off track?
How did we do with following norms?
Was there a moment where the conversation made a turn for the better?