Day 51 (of 185) Design Thinking
This week I am leading my K-8 students through some design thinking as part of our Library/Learning Commons time. Totally “borrowing” from Ready Set Design http://cdn.cooperhewitt.org/2011/09/02/Ready%20Set%20Design%20vX.pdf
Also referring to @BillNye and his science guy look at inventions (featuring Samuel Jackson before the extra “L”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcUIwAjjIS8
Because it does a great job modelling that mistakes happen; the importance of rethinking and going “back to the drawing board”. It allows me to prepare students for a guided, gradual release of responsibility…and with my older students we talked about the “implementation dip” that do often occurs when trying something new – and sometimes new sucks and is awful….until it’s awesome. I used to call this “embracing the chaos”….it has shifted to “trusting the process”.
So….step one was getting the students into an “inventor mindset” with a Bill Nye
Step three: the question. This week for my younger classes: my fingers are cold. Design me something better than gloves or mitts to keep my fingers warm.
For my older students: how can we purify water (connects to a discussion about a Mae to WE challenge to get clean drinking water to everyone in the world)
Step four: the reveal. What’s in the box.
This week: 6 coffee straws, 2 elastic bands, a sip cup, some post-its, four paper clips, some paper of varying sizes
And then tackle the questions. With limited time (10-15 mins) and then sharing to the group.
The results: some classes worked better than others (grades 3-6 seemed more collaborative than k-3&7-8) but I expected that….just as I anticipated some groups within the classes would work better than others..because it’s everyone’s first time (and as a connection piece – our 5/6 class that seemed most engaged have been doing some passion projects and work with SOLEs https://technolandy.wordpress.com/soles/ so they may be more ready to work differently.
Looking forward to building on what we all learned as we move to week two!
Update: great blog by George Couros about design thinking just a couple days after my blog –> http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/6866