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Hotseat is a problem-solving strategy that involves a small group of collaborators. Each person in the group takes a turn on the “hot seat” and goes through the protocol.
When preparing for the hot seat protocol, it is important to go through each step of the process with students. It is also important to have an audible timer that all students can hear and to explain the importance of sticking to the timeframe, as it becomes easy to linger on any part of the process. Finally, and most importantly, students must have an appropriately important challenge to present.
A typical hotseat protocol goes as follows:
During any long-term project, students encounter challenges. Once students are met with challenges, the hot seat protocol becomes a relevant strategy to employ. This protocol also works when encountering classroom challenges, such as when norms break down or unwanted behaviors arise.