Looking at Student Work is a protocol in which a teacher or artist presents student work to a group in order to better understand student progress and their own instructional practice. In this protocol the presenting teacher or artist does not provide any information or context for the student work until after the group responds to these three questions:
1. What do you see or hear? Describe without judgment.
2. What questions does this work raise for you? ("I wonder…")
3. What do you think the students are working on? What do you think they understand?
The shared perspective of a group helps the presenter and the group to become more aware of aspects of student work that might otherwise have escaped notice.
- Protocol Guidelines
- Selecting Student Work
- Reflective Questions
- Reasoning w/Student Work
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