Protocol Overview and Instructions:
This is a simple and quick technique for students to see what ideas the people in their group think are the most important and address the driving question the most effectively.
Each person within the group receives a limited amount of sticky dots and places them on whichever solution(s) they think is the best. This results in a quick visual of which ideas or solutions they feel best addresses the issue the students are trying to solve.
Dot Voting Instructions
After we sorted our ideas from the 100 idea protocol we dot voted with different colored markers to narrow down our top ideas. Then we did a poster session to refine the ideas.
"This protocol is a great conversation for students- especially when we refer to the ideas as ‘our ideas’, students have to reframe their thinking and not just vote for their own idea. I think it builds our team and character."
"I liked being able to use markers and vote on the ideas I wanted to pick."
Meet the Educator:
I have been teaching in Grand Haven for 10 years- 6 as a 1st grade educator and 4 as a 4th grade educator. Also I am the head coach for GH Varsity Boys Soccer.
“PBL and Design thinking gives my students opportunities to collaborate and think authentically. I like the chance to connect with community and for my students to be a part of something that inspires them to grow.”