Everything is design. When we hear “design thinking”, we often attribute it to engineering principles or the field of Art. The truth is, design is everywhere and we can apply the design thinking process to any number of school subjects. The Declaration of Independence is a design process. Force = Mass x Acceleration is design. Language is design. Beethoven’s 5th is design. Hamlet is design. Through a variety of activities—a balance of hands-on teamwork, small group curriculum discussions, and solo reflection time—we take on projects big and small that live between disciplines. We will break down the design thinking process and imagine how we might apply it in our own teaching, regardless of subject we teach or what age our students. Along the way, we will play with tools, both for handbuilding and those found in modern innovation spaces.
- Observation and questioning skills
- Rapid prototyping and iteration
- Critique and Feedback
- Strategies for maximizing student engagement
- Facilitating a design project
- Documentation approaches for project-based work