Boot Camp Project Team Protocol

The role of the participant is to:

  • Participate in activities and conversations.
  • Encourage the sharing of knowledge and honor the experience of all
  • Ask for further clarification when needed.
  • Fully engage in the 21 century learning experience.

Stay fully engaged in the experience.

  • Be a careful listener of your colleagues.
  • Be aware of your body language; the speaker should know that you are listening
  • Observe, analyze, and summarize.
  • Reflect with intention.
  • Build an environment of trust among your colleagues.
  • Communicate with simplicity, avoiding the use of technical terms and complicated vocabulary that may be specific to district initiatives.
  • If you do use technical terminology or acronyms, for example RTII, make sure everyone knows that term
  • Analyze information quickly and, when necessary, re-focus the topic or ask a question.
  • Involve your colleagues in the discussion and re-direct the conversation when someone dominates the discussion.
  • Learn from each other.
  • Refrain from dominating the discussion.
  • Use open-ended questions to encourage deeper thinking.
  • Redirect discussion in order to avoid repeating previously discussed
  • Ask for clarification if the prompt or question is not clear.
  • Understand that the facilitators do not have all the answers, but they will do their best to find the answers.

When working on a team:

  • Consider your strengths and divide the work appropriately.
  • Use group roles: timekeeper, recorder, discussion leader, tech support, reporter
  • Begin promptly.
  • End promptly, as there is usually something following each session.

Working on a team with technology at the ready:

  • There will be times when all participants are participating in hands-on activities with computers.
  • Working with computers is a 21 century learning strategy; presenters and facilitators will not be offended when participants are engaged with technology in a way that further enriches their 21 century learning experience.
  • Work together – if you have a technical skill that others don’t have, share your expertise.
  • Use your collaborative problem solving skills.
  • Stay on task.
  • Back Channel – Any back channel, whether formal or informal, should be a real-time online discussion that furthers your learning. Extend your learning by commenting on the session, responding to what is happening, and enriching the session by adding related links. A back channel is a great opportunity to share learning and ask questions.
  • Teach newbies how to use the back channel.
  • For those who are not part of the conversation, please share key points from the back channel with all.
  • Invite all to join.
  • Remember that backchannels are public.
  • There are expectations: Be professional; be positive. Negativity does not have a place here…
  • If you use Twitter, use the Twitter hashtag — #cffbc. If you don’t know what that means, ask someone who does!