Looking at Projects Protocol (45-50 minutes)
1. Teacher(s) present the project
a. What is the current title?
b. Describes the project (essential question, what will the student
learn, how long will it take?)
c. Describes the process of the project (what kinds of support and
feedback will the student receive, what are the criteria for success?
How will the students exhibit & present their project?)
2. Presenter’s burning questions
a. Presenter(s) pose questions to the participants they would like to
be answered or discussed.
3. Clarifying questions
a. Participants ask clarifying questions about the project.
b. Questions should be simple enough to answer with a yes or no
4. Probing questions
a. Participates asks questions in an effort to understand better the
presenters’ thinking, decisions, and purposes
a. The presenting teacher does not speak for this part.
b. It is not about the presenting teacher----it is about the project(s)
c. Questions for participants:
i. What strikes me about the projects?
ii.What questions does it raise for me?
How are the 6A’s of Designing Projects addressed?
Is the project worth doing—is it work that will engage
a. Presenters respond, saying how they now view their project, having
heard the group’s response.
7. Other teachers respond to the presenter(s)
a. What are the lessons in this for my own work?
b. What am I learning from this?
The Six A’s of Designing Projects
o How do the projects address key learning concepts, standards or
help students develop habits of mind and work associated with
academic and professional disciplines?
o How do the projects use a real world context (e.g., community
and workplace problems) and address issues that matter to the
o How do the projects engage students in solving semistructured problems calling for competencies expected in highperformance work organizations (e.g., teamwork, problem-solving,
o How do the projects extend beyond the classroom and connect
to work internships, field-based investigations, and community
o How do the projects connect students with adult mentors and
coaches from the wider community?
o How do the projects involve students in regular exhibitions and
assessments of their work in light of personal, school and realworld standards of performance?
Note: The Six A’s were created by Adria Steinberg
c Jobs For The Future, 1996