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April 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm

I have a few critical website bookmarked on my computer under the design thinking category but Teach Thought website has outlined 45 resources! ¬†Some are books you would need to purchase are available online, including # 42 Cooper Hewitt Teacher Resource packet ūüôā ¬†! ¬†Check it out if you get a chance. ¬†Let me know if you have any favorites.

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/45-design-thinking-resources-for-educators/

April 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Just in case you don’t have time to click the link I wanted to post a quote after the list that has helped me in a variety of ways. ¬†” ¬†Most of us have deeply embedded ideas about what’s right for education,” says Speicher. ¬†“But when you look at the world of education through the lens of design, you start to see that there isn’t one right answer, there are many. ¬† ¬†Quote from Sandy Speicher from http://www.ideo.com.

I find that often we get stuck in¬†one way of doing something and and forget there are many ways or many ways to get to an answer. ¬†This is especially true with teaching because of testing / standardized testing. ¬†In college I often tutored people in physics only because the teacher over complicated the work (I worked 3 jobs and didn’t want to tutor and already was required by an organic chemistry teacher to tutor because 80% of the class was failing). ¬†I was frustrated that many students were unable to grasp basic concepts because there were so many other simpler ways to teach things. ¬†Once students understood the basics they could start playing around with getting to the answer in other ways. ¬†I had to figure out quickly how the students could learn and then pick the best route they could understand to grasp the material. ¬†Anyway, this quote helps me to not pin my students down and expecting only a certain final product if others might be okay and helps me remain open minded and realistic.