As an observer-reporter-connector at large for #FUSE14 this coming week, I will try to flesh out some of the larger meanings and lessons, particularly for those who are not able to attend in person. A foundational skill of great thinking is asking questions, especially the kind of questions that expand the framework of possible outcomes. As I lurk, prod, mingle, and sit in on the design thinking work of more than 100 K-12 educator-leaders (my new name for teachers, administrators, and students) in Atlanta this week, I will ask questions, record some video interviews, and share it all with you. As I sat on the beach in Boca Raton this morning (HUGE thanks to my hosts at the Pinecrest Schools with whom I am sharing a day of professional learning tomorrow at their inaugural Summer Institute for Teachers) I tossed around some of the questions I will pose to #FUSE14 attendees, and the feedback I will pass along to you:
- How do you imagine using design thinking routines to enhance learning in your classroom?
- How might experience with design thinking skills build a comfort and capacity for change and innovation at your school?
- How might you plan to weave design thinking processes into a more traditional content-based curriculum? How will that enhance student learning?
- Do you see limitations on design thinking as a toolkit for problem solving?
- What possibilities does design-like thinking open for you that might have been closed or unknown in the past?
Want to be part of this conversation? Could not attend #FUSE14 or did not know about it? A bit fuzzy on what the heck is meant by “design thinking”? One way to engage is to follow along, comment on, and share these blog posts. Get in the game! If you are new to this community I GUARANTEE you will expand your own professional learning network with a group of passionate, exciting, fired up, forward-leaning educational colleagues.
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