“Matt Caldwell, head of Ilminster Avenue nursery school, Bristol, says the youngest children’s creativity and conversational skills have increased since cardboard boxes and cans replaced toys.”
“Paul Howard-Jones, professor of neuroscience and education at Bristol University, who has visited to observe the children playing with their new “toys”, says humans learn from novel situations and curiosity is important to that process. ‘Children should be prompted and encouraged to ask questions even though that can be challenging for the teacher,” he says. “We do need to find some time for questions during the day. There is not enough time in schools for creativity and following up on curiosity.'”
“At the d.school we endeavor to enable our students in eight core design abilities so that they might develop their own creative confidence and also inspire others, take risks, and persevere through tough projects throughout their lives. We want our students to be their own unique chefs. We don’t want to churn out individuals that only know how to follow a recipe.”
Navigate Ambiguity Synthesize Information Rapidly Experiment Move Between Concrete and Abstract Build and Craft Intentionally Communicate Deliberately Design your Design Work
There is no THE
“Though we live in the age of urgency, mastery takes time, patience, and practice. So, while I think it often makes sense to introduce first-timers to design by following a process, remember that it’s not THE process. It simply gives them a small taste of the abilities designers flex. Design as a discipline is evolving and becoming a sophisticated catalyst for positive impact on projects big and small, but the road to results is far from formulaic.”
Almost everybody performs better with the guidance, direction, and support of a more experienced person.
… do what it takes to help employees succeed so those employees can deliver great service and earn more rewards for themselves.
“Most managers find that the most painful and damaging aspect of managing is when they must have very difficult conversations, sometimes even confrontations, with employees. They believe that being a highly engaged manager requires or causes these confrontations, whereas being a hands-off manager allows them to avoid these confrontations altogether.
The reality is that being hands-off in your management style makes these confrontations inevitable. When managers are highly engaged, these confrontations rarely occur, and when they do, they are not so painful as they might be otherwise.”
“Focusing on what you can’t control makes the most powerful person weak, whereas focusing intensely on what you can control—to the exclusion of what you cannot—will always make you stronger.”
“Since time is so limited, managers definitely don’t have time not to manage people! When managers avoid spending time up front in advance making sure things go right, things almost always go wrong. Small problems pile up and ultimately become big problems that require a ton of time and attention to correct. Those problems can be avoided altogether if managers are highly engaged from the start.”
We are a professional community that activates teachers’ creativity to solve the biggest challenges in education today. In our collaborative learning programs we use Design Thinking, a learner-centered approach to problem solving. Teachers tap into their inner designer by trying new ideas and discovering what works and why for their students and schools.