Bringing Design Thinking Crit” from Design School to Your School’s Faculty

Critiques Are an Empowering Event That Your Faculty Deserves. It’s posts on Twitter or conversations with teaching peers like this that remind me how skilled we are as teachers at being critical of student work but how rarely we are able to be constructive with criticism about our own work. There is no teacher at fault, it is a systems problem. Critiques are the Objective, … Continue reading Bringing Design Thinking Crit” from Design School to Your School’s Faculty

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A Recipe to Exceed your Design Thinking Expectations (a story from Mumbai, India)

Ingredients: One teacher “spur/cheerleader” One outside “design guru” One teacher “unstoppable force” A pile of middle school kiddos A well-stocked design studio One and only one main goal A pinch of luck This is the story about how ASB Mumbai middle school students were able to make a mobile library in only one week. This is how a principal with a vision, a few veteran … Continue reading A Recipe to Exceed your Design Thinking Expectations (a story from Mumbai, India)

The “Cow Paths” of School Improvement & Maintenance – Design Thinking

“Society’s institutions change at a slow pace.” Bud Selig – “For the Good of the Game” Cows, deer, and other large animals carve a path in grass and earth from one point to another though repeated use. Should an obstacle appear along that path such as a tree falling across it, the cows will carve a bend in the path around the tree. This is … Continue reading The “Cow Paths” of School Improvement & Maintenance – Design Thinking

100% Female Names for My Tests Next Year

I can’t remember where I saw it but the fact that math books portray way more men than women in the problems offered seems like a real truth that I had simply never given any thought to. I knew instantly that I would be digging into this problem and doing something about it. What I didn’t know was the statement that I decided to make. … Continue reading 100% Female Names for My Tests Next Year

Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

Two day for four year of plans. Decent value right? If you need to have a road-map for your school that lasts well into the future and is grounded in a hard self-study, just give yourself two days. School leaders, you all know how hard it is to find two days, but the value of having an extended road-map and deliverables established is so critical. … Continue reading Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

The second step in many design processes is to research, collect information, and to more deeply understand the internal product/system to be redeveloped. In education, that information can come in the form of achievement data, community surveys, classroom observations, anecdotal evidence and from meetings designed to try to organize information that relates to the the problem being addressed. This article will focus on collaboration and … Continue reading Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

Step 1 of The Design Process: Verification vs. Validation

Step One of The Design Process is to Define the Problem. Understanding and leveraging validation over verification may be a much greater tool to identifying the right problem to solve — more than even a focus on empathy.In fact, when working through the design process and design thinking on your campus, being careful and deliberate with verification and validation to ask the right question can … Continue reading Step 1 of The Design Process: Verification vs. Validation

Hostile Design In Schools

When recently listening to the podcast 99 Percent Invisible by Roman Mars, I was struck by the concept of Unpleasant Design or Hostile Design. In it, the radio producers described an idea in architecture and design where unwanted behavior was being deterred through design. For example, spikes might be embedded in a city building window ledge so the homeless can’t lay there, or high pitched … Continue reading Hostile Design In Schools