I would really like to try the “Peeling the Onion” protocol with one of the teachers I am mentoring (or even in grad class) as it focuses on clarifying the problem/question. From our efforts in class, it is clear that the question posed to a group is KEY to a successful protocol. An unclear question or misinterpretation leads to unsatisfying results.
One question I am posing to myself is how to structure protocols into a 49 minute class period. I would really like to try some of these ideas with my students, but I don’t want to fail because we ran out of time. Perhaps, with more experience with protocols and better familiarity with my students, I’ll be able to guage which areas can be trimmed and which protocols best match my students’ needs.