Monday, 23 November 2015

Bouquets and Bloopers

On Friday, I participated in another inquiry facilitation workshop. This year, I've grown a great deal in my understanding of both inquiry and what it means to be a facilitator. Recently, I've been coming to appreciate the idea of protocols, or sets of procedures or rules used to help govern organized collaboration. Search "collaboration and/or learning protocols" online and you will be rewarded with something light such as this or heavy such as this. Bouquets and Blooper and 3-2-1 are examples. Applying the first, students could be asked to recount the celebrations (bouquets) or challenges (bloopers) they experienced, say for something like the school work they did last week, or the work they did preparing for the science fair. Using the 3-2-1 protocol, once a student has read a chapter of a book, or an article, they could be asked to list 3 things they learned, 2 things they found interesting, and write 1 question they still have. Whether you're a student, parent , or teacher protocols might just help you formalize and structure your collaborations to be more fruitful and comfortable for everyone involved.


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