Micro Lab Protocol
A routine for active reflections and discussions.
This thinking routine reconstructs the group discussion that we have in our classrooms. Micro Lab is designed to ensure equal participation within a group discussion with rounds of sharing that are timed by the instructor. Regular use of this routine helps the students to become better listeners and learn how to make connections with others’ ideas.
How to Use the Strategy:
Refer to pages 147-153 in the book Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners.
Negative Numbers Lesson in 6th Grade Math
(combined with CSI and 3-2-1 Bridge)
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Being a middle school math teacher, one of the biggest challenges I face is student participation. There are always a few students who are willing to share their ideas or answers, whether in a whole-class setting or in a group, and those who are afraid of being incorrect in front of their peers. The Micro Lab Protocol has changed student participation in my class, and is making a big impact on students’ comfort level because it requires all students to share their thinking. When asking my students how they feel about the Micro Lab Protocol, many of them comment that it’s better than regular group work because there isn't one person telling everyone else what to do. This routine has changed my classroom for the better!