Steps 8-9

Catherine Devine in discussion with participating teacher
Catherine Devine in discussion with participating teacher
Image: Singing Bowl Media
Source: Museum Victoria

Step 8: Evaluate the experiences of the staff members and students involved in the project and build constructive feedback into the process.

For example: Take the opportunity at the meetings of Cluster Coordinators, to review the progress of the project. Discuss the nature of student participation and any concerns that may be raised. Give staff members an opportunity to articulate their observations of the interschool gatherings noting, in particular, the level of student participation and the depth of intellectual engagement in the conversations that have taken place. Read through student feedback and note any frequent responses. Refine and develop any future interschool activities in light of student observations and experiences. Allow for feedback in a variety of ways, including short answer written feedback, video interviews and anecdotal responses.

Step 9: Build creativity and celebration into the process

For example: Consider the interests of the target student age group when planning activities. Ask for suggestions from the student group when planning activities to engage students. Allow for creative expression of the understanding of issues and values, including visual art, music performance, drama and poetry. Use thought-provoking texts to engage students in the exploration of issues, including film, political cartoons, poetry, song lyrics and provocative quotations. Be guided by the quality of response to different stimuli.