Thanks to Bud the Teacher for sharing these!

      • Facilitated Round Table Discussions Protocol & Timing Guide


        Total Time – 50 Minutes


        This guide is meant as a way to ensure a similar experience for all participants of the ISTE Leadership Bootcamp.  Please attempt to remain on time as that will ensure a consistent experience for all.  


        You will conduct, basically, the same session twice:


        Time to convene

        Time to process

        Time to discuss

        Time to process


        That session should look something like this:


        Time to Convene (10 minutes)


                (1st session only) 

        • Brief introduction of everyone in the group – name, affiliation, why you came to the Bootcamp and something useful that you’ve seen/heard/learned/discussed today in one sentence or less. (You’ll have to do this quickly to ensure that you have time for the protocol.)
        • Explanation of facilitator’s role as not the expert in the room, but the person who will guide the conversation and keep it on track. It is important to realize that the roundtable time is for two purposes:
        • Time for processing of the large volume of information in the Bootcamp day
        • Time for some cross-participant sharing of their insights, questions, and discoveries.
        • Quick reintroduction – names only should do it.  
        • Brief regrounding on the purposes of the facilitator and the session. 
        • Time for processing of the large volume of information in the Bootcamp day.
        • Time for some cross-participant sharing of their insights, questions, and discoveries.
        • Give participants a copy of the Reflection Guide if they need one.  (They’ll be provided at each breakout table as well as online via the Ning.)   
        • Allow no fewer than ten minutes for participants to do some writing about their previous sessions.  This is valuable both because it will help to ensure a good conversation, but, more important, it will allow folks to do some processing of a very busy day.
        • Please ask your table to honor the quiet writing time for participants.  Let them know that you will begin discussion at the end of the ten minutes, and will be using that time yourself to debrief and take notes.  
        • Please model that as writing time by taking notes and writing for yourself however/wherever you do so (notebook, computer, etc.) 
        • After time to write – please do not short participants on time for writing/processing – it’s essential to have that processing time – you can and should walk the groups through sharing out from the prompts. Take about seven minutes for each big question – ask for volunteers to share their thinking, or read their writing if they prefer. Make time for each section and try to connect comments or probe further if you feel that a comment or question requires more from the sharer. You are a skilled facilitator – trust your judgment. Here are the questions that are on the reflection guide for your reference:  
        • Big Idea
        • What’s the most surprising or troubling thing you’ve seen/heard/experienced today?  Why?  As a leader in your organization, who needs to know about what you’ve seen?
        • Specific Insights
        • What’s good?  What did you see that you thought was particularly useful?  Why? As a leader in your organization, who needs to know about what you’ve seen?
        • Questions Raised
        • What do you need to know more about?  Who might be a resource within your organization to help you answer your questions?  Who in this room might be?
        • Implications for Action
        • What must you leave here remembering or willing to think further about?   How will what you saw this morning influence your future work? As a leader in your organization, how will you disseminate your learning from the Leadership Bootcamp?
        • At the end of the session, give folks five minutes more writing time so that they can record their insights or things they heard that they want to remember.  If time permits, you might ask for one take away from the group.  
        • Thanks your participants for their thoughts and comments and, if this is the first session, remind them that you’ll see them later today. If this is the second, ask them to join you online for follow up in the

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