Day 33 (of 186) design thinking – sharing my process

Day 33 (of 186) design thinking – sharing my process
Today we started a new design thinking project: creating a restaurant! I also received a couple of questions about the Design Thinking I do in the classroom – so I thought I would start sharing the process we are using AND create a new section for Design Thinking on my blog site!

Ideation is important.

I believe it is important to provide TIME to help in the design thinking challenge. So today we started by introducing the concept of a restaurant, knowing that our first thinkings today may change along the way….perhaps even as quick as tomorrow!

So I always start with Ideation – posing a theme to allow the brain time to percolate – after all, there is a reason why great ideas often come to us when we are in the shower or driving – the processing time in the background is invaluable (in fact, I have been known in the past to schedule boredom breaks in order to have the brain have some time to process the thinking it’s been doing)

And I love the thinking and sharing that can occur – especially trying to figure out what type of restaurant they want to be (I liked hearing an idea of a food truck too!) based either on their food preferences or a theme (as a kid I thought I might open Pizza Castle, but instead my pizza making remains a home-based business focused on making daddy-pizzas at home – albeit with the introduction of BBQ pizza thanks to a fathers day gift 2 years ago) or my own Computer Hut menu project in elementary school (appies were ‘bits and bytes’ <–I remain proud of that one!).

And while the ideas start small…..

….I look forward to seeing how it spirals into other subjects. Including todays focus in writing: juicy sentences. So far student writing has been rather “list-like”. So today they had to create a menu description for a possible “speciality of the house” (or their favourite food) and the task: they had to make me want to order it – and by the end of the session, they all accomplished that goal!

And I know it’s going well when students opt to do some more work on this topic during their #geniushour – now some were warned not to go to far (as far as building their restaurant out of cardboard) because we had to do some math with it – graph paper to design it “to a scale” ….

….and I’m looking forward to questions coming up around area and perimeter!

What I like about Design Thinking is how the planning and plotting continues to grow and expand….such as when my first draft of this blog disappeared and as I was retyping it, a new version of the Mini Maple arrived:

and when students choose to do this “work at home” (very different than homework) it makes me feel good about the design thinking process…so this is the first blog on a series showing how I choose to go through the process with my class – from posing a theme/question and starting the ideation phase (with lots of drawing and a little bit of writing) and added a new section to my blog site for design thinking: with some shares from the internet and some of my own thinking as well!

Step One: Plant the seed

In this case: you are building a restaurant. What will you serve? (thanks to our work with Caine’s Arcade they already know we will be doing some building)

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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