Board Protocol

The board enables teachers to convert intention into action

Try the empathy lens:

Get an experience of being a student in a class and watch how the board work is able to either engage your learning or dis-engage you. Find out how the board speaks to you!

Step 1

We experienced...

Despite having planned a teaching session with the elements of relevance, rigour and relationships, there were times when the explicit articulation of this was missed out.

Watch Kiran share the incident which sparked the design of the Board Protocol process.


Our Insights

  • We found that even though there was great participation by the students and the teacher’s presence was in place, there were times when the closing of the loop was not effective because of the fact that key portions of the board were erased
  • By the end of the session we didn’t know what the intentionality or relevance of the session was, because it was not made visible.
  • We found that children who were participative and had added value were sometimes not highlighted.

Therefore, we found that the elements of Intention, Audacity and Accountability in the teacher’s classroom practice needed to be mindfully addressed and highlighted.

Step 2
What if

we could design the board in a manner that prompted the teacher to explicitly articulate her lesson plan?

We designed

A simple process that allowed us to use the board for keeping alive the elements of Intention, Audacity and Accountability.

Our teaching board now acts as our conscience and anchors not just the lesson plan but is also a visual cue that reminds us to intentionally notice the learner.

By responding to the various sections on the board, students have become active participants in the lesson and not just passive listeners.

The board protocol provides invaluable material for teachers to reconnect the lesson to the previous one, reflect on, follow through and improve their daily practice.

Teachers are able to easily save and share their practice with peers as well as the school leaders, thus creating a measure of accountability and credibility.

Step 3

Here is What we Do

This process video helps make visible the design and usage of the board.


This video will give you a glimpse into how the board helps the teacher in planning her lesson, and also how it aids her in the delivery of her session. Alongside this, you will see the impact of the board on children’s note taking, as well as the different ways that teachers use the board to help them review and reflect.

Meet the Stakeholders

Eduhero Archana Sethi is an educator at The Riverside School since 2014 and has mastered the practice of Board Protocol over her many teaching sessions in Key Stage 3. She is qualified as a special educationist and is a firm believer in education for all and dreams of a society where dignity and respect are upheld for every citizen.

  • 2:26

    FAQ Video

    Watch how she ensures that the Board Protocol helps her to build the elements of Intention, Audacity and Accountability in her practice.

  • 3:04

    Impact Video

    Watch how the Board Protocol can be a powerful tool to impact the teaching process and help every educator sharpen his/her practice.

Tips for the Leader

  • The Board Protocol is a great reflection tool to build a culture of accountability. Preferably once a term, as a team look at the board pictures and evaluate what the boards in your classrooms are speaking. Use it as a tool for professional development.
  • You might not be able to look at the board pictures of all your team. So, it might be a good idea to pair up the teachers across the keystages to look at each other’s board work over the term and offer suggestions. This will help them to refine and build great practice.
  • Ensure when introducing this process to your team that teachers understand that the board is a tool that can help them in structuring their sessions, rather than restricting them!
Step 4

Share with us your experience of how you have used this process in your context, any challenges you might have faced or just inspire us with your story :-)

Still Curious?

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