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Design Thinking 2011

Design Thinking 2011

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 DesignThinking for  Educators 
Version One | April 2011
Use your classroom space indifferent ways?Support healthy habits inside andoutside your school?Connect more effectivelywith parents?Find new ways to teach old content?Recruit the best teachers toyour school?Develop better systems of feedbackbetween teachers?Re-envision arrival and departureprocedures at your school? Then you’re in the right place.
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This toolkit can help youcreate solutions or every-day challenges.It equips you with the pro-cess and methods o design.Businesses, social entrepre-neurs and other innovatorshave used them or decadesto create solutions or manydierent types o challenges.In this toolkit, these methodsare adapted specifcally oreducators, because as an edu-cator, you design every day.You design your classroom,you design curriculum, youdesign learning environmentsor your students, and youdesign experiences and inter-actions or your colleagues.This toolkit oers you newways to be intentional andcollaborative when you aredesigning. It hones yourskills and empowers you tocreate desirable solutions.This is an invitation toexperiment with the designprocess. Let it inspire you toapproach challenges dier-ently and experience howDesign Thinking adds a newperspective to your work.
This is a Toolkit. For You.
Having a process thatbrings people together to create more and better ideas has beenvery valuable for us.
Karen,Learning Specialist
In some ways, I have always had elementsof Design Thinking inthe way that I have worked and thoughtabout schools, but I have had no real pro-cess to validate some of my ideas. I waslooking for approachesthat combined the logical rigor of study in a traditional dis-cipline with a more open and creative approach to thinking.Design Thinking offersa way of problem solving that is more integrative of differ-ent modes of thought.It validates some of the things that teach-ers already do, butalso gives the oppor-tunity to revisit one’s practice.
Dominic,Head of School
I used to be quick to impose restrictionson myself. I could easily convince myself why a project wouldn’twork before ever giv-ing it a chance. Since I have been exposed to Design Thinking,I have made a stron-ger effort to explore ideas. My studentshave become part of my research team. The feedback they provide has helped me create lessons that are more student-centered.
Patrick,3rd Grade Teacher
Design Thinking hasmade me look at our curriculum in a whole new way. Incorporating Design Thinking withGrant Wiggins’ Under-standing by Design,I can research deeper,come up with more ideas and prototype lessons. I have also started to collectfeedback as inspira-tion to come up withnew lessons or to adapt a lesson planfor the next time.
Michael,2nd Grade Teacher

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