Design For: Student Privacy

A student raising their hand to request permission to use the bathroom or to get a drink of water is so common practice, most of us who teach haven’t thought to challenge it’s wisdom or utility. I am lucky that I teach in a private international school, so challenging that wisdom should be easy. Except, it wasn’t. Well, it wasn’t until the challenge to that … Continue reading Design For: Student Privacy

Team Building Activities – Using Your Observations

Prior to taking your observations back to the classroom, it is important to have a sense as to what the data is that you are assessing. Likely you will have a numbering system for the order students became leaders as well as short but important notes about most or all of your students. First, we will organize the leader order data using a chart and, … Continue reading Team Building Activities – Using Your Observations

Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.

This is not another article looking to take down a trend in education. No. This is a statement of how much further a great idea is still to come. Should Design Thinking, in capital letters, manage to survive the great pendulum of time and trends in education, then it needs itself to iterate. See, my call to a new universal design model as one example … Continue reading Design thinking in education has a massive hole in it: the skills designers have.

Step 4 of The Design Process: Develop Solutions (Prototyping)

In the schools I’ve worked and have been given real agency to make decisions, between one and 5 meetings are usually set aside for the work of choosing a course of action. Always the conclusion of this set of meetings is a final decision. The stakes are high as everyone in the room knows one final answer will come out of those meetings and the … Continue reading Step 4 of The Design Process: Develop Solutions (Prototyping)

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 about collecting information will focus … Continue reading Step 2 of The Design Process: Collecting Information

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 sounds only … Continue reading Hostile Design In Schools