This toolkit can help youcreate solutions for every-day challenges.It equips you with the pro-cess and methods of design.Businesses, social entrepre-neurs and other innovatorshave used them for decadesto create solutions for manydifferent types of challenges.In this toolkit, these methodsare adapted specically foreducators, because as an edu-cator, you design every day.You design your classroom,you design curriculum, youdesign learning environmentsfor your students, and youdesign experiences and inter-actions for your colleagues.This toolkit offers 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 differ-ently and experience howDesign Thinking adds a newperspective to your work.
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Having a process thatbrings people together to create more and better ideas has beenvery valuable for us.
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