Several participants arrived at the conclusion that protocols can serve as scaffolding for culture. To unpack this a little, what we noted was that by having students use clear and structured protocols we:
- Give them the opportunity to collaborate in more structured settings.
- Often make use of "sentence stems" like "I wonder" or "A next step might be" to
- Provide replicable models of language and interaction that they can apply in less structured settings.
- Provide a safer space for group and peer accountability.
- Are able to model the above accountability in language they can borrow for their own use.
- Have common experiences we can reflect on and reference in conversations about larger class or school culture.
A few protocols you might take a look at for easy use in your classroom include: