How Design Thinking has Improved Genius Hour in Grade 3/4. For the past couple of years, I've been experimenting with self-directed learning in my classroom.
We refer to this as “Awesome Ideas” time, and it quickly became my students’ favourite time of the day. This process was a bit challenging for students, as they struggled to come up with innovative ideas, but I knew they were enjoying the learning. I knew they were enjoying the learning, because they would groan when the lunch bell rang, or ask if they could stay in at recess to work on their ideas. They work on a wide variety of ideas… Information on wildlife: Writing a play that all students have a role in: Learning and Sharing about Chemistry: I started by explaining to my students what Genius Hour is. As a class, we discussed how people tend to come up with great ideas when it is something they are interested in.
Students began the process working how they always have in class. I spent about a month teaching my students how to use various tools effectively in the classroom. Design Kit. Education Week. Design Thinking in the Primary Grades – Krissy Venosdale. If you’re thinking about starting a Makerspace in your school, one thing you might want to consider is how to make sure kids are digging deep in their learning.
Questions to ask include: How can we tie the maker mindset into existing curriculum? How might we ensure that our students are going deep with their creativity, problem solving, and reflection? What learning experiences and opportunities do our students need? These questions are way more important than, “What stuff do I buy?” One way of encouraging deep learning is by incorporating the design thinking process. So what might this look like for the primary grades? Possible topics: Design a pizza for your favorite book character. Design a trap for a leprechaun. Those are just two topics that we’ve tried. Primary: Develop a movie trailer for a Mystery Number. Design an exhibit at the zoo for your favorite animal. Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing.
"Design thinking gave me a process to weave through all of the project–based learning experiences I create with my kiddos.
" "As a leader of a #NextGen school, design thinking is our continuous innovation process. " "Design thinking reminds me all the time why I became an educator; it all starts with empathy. " An Oasis for Educators The quotes above -- full of insight and affirmation -- are just some of the many that I've heard from educators taken by the power of design thinking and moved to bring it into their practice. When we started the @K12lab at Stanford's d.school back in 2007 we began with a hunch that design thinking would be a great tool for educators to deploy in their classrooms and schools, and that ultimately, it would be a useful process for kids working through interdisciplinary challenges.
In the last few years, the field has witnessed an explosion of interest in design thinking, nationally and internationally. 4 Modes for Developing Your Practice 1. How do you do it? 2. Design Thinking in the Primary Grades – Krissy Venosdale. Design Thinking and PBL. While project-based learning has existed for decades, design thinking has recently entered the education lexicon, even though its history can be traced back to Herbert A.
Simon's 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial. So why the resurgence of these ideas? Lately, I have heard teachers and school leaders express a common frustration: "We are _______ years into a _______ initiative, and nothing seems to have changed. " Despite redesigning learning spaces, adding technology, or even flipping instruction, they still struggle to innovate or positively change the classroom experience. Imagine innovation as a three-legged stool. Consider this conundrum: much of what we know about teaching comes from 16+ years of observation as students.
If we look at the science of improvement, systematic change occurs between the contexts of justification (what we know) and discovery (the process of innovation). PBL and 21st-Century Skills A project like Billy’s can seem daunting. Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing.