I very much enjoyed this article and the great strategies from Wendy Ostroff, author of Cultivating Curiosity in K-12 Classrooms, to encourage older students to be creative! I especially loved that the article described her as “a student of imagination and curiosity.” What a great way to be described.
Great video showing the importance of empathy from the Cleveland Clinic. https://youtu.be/cDDWvj_q-o8
Shadow a Student Challenge http://shadowastudent.org/ is a great way to empathize with your students and help you design new opportunities for them at your school. The website has a lot of great free resources!
Great article from The Interactive Design Foundation with ideas on how to be an empathic observer, learning how to understand body language, gaining an empathic understanding of people, conducting an interview with empathy, and building empathy with analogies.
Great RSA Short Brené Brown on Empathy https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw
- Whose problem are you helping to solve? Who are you designing for?
- How have you developed your design brief to reflect the person/people’s needs?
- Whose perspective have you considered? What other perspectives might there be?
- What if this was you? What would you want or need?
- How could you improve or change this design to address the person/people’s needs?
- How does this person/people experience a situation?
- How could you understand more about this person’s experiences? How could you walk in their shoes?
- What observations have you made? What have you noticed and what do your noticings make you think and wonder?
- What stories might you need to hear from the person/people?
- What connections can you make? Connections between your own experiences and the experiences of others? Connections between the stories you hear and your observations?
- How will you know if your design is successful? What tests and specific feedback will you need?
- How can you identify the person/people’s needs? What interview questions could you ask?
Love these 12 Questions for Building Students’ Empathy in Design-Based Challenges from this article https://www.makersempire.com/building-students-empathy-with-design-based-challenges/
I loved this blog post http://www.spencerauthor.com/makermonday/ and in particular the quote below:
Creativity is an end in itself. It more than just a commodity that you trade or a skillset that you use. It’s part of what makes life epic. There’s something almost magical that happens when you get lost in your creative work and get lost in a state of creative flow only to step back at the end with the sense of accomplishment at what you created. Creativity is valuable, not just for a future job, but for the deeply human drive to make and build and tinker. It’s part of what makes us human.
I loved this article – in particular the below quotes! https://www.edutopia.org/article/future-coding-schools
“Many people think of learning and education as a process of delivering information or delivering instruction. Other people see learning and education as student-centered—learning is about exploring, experimenting, creating. Those are very different visions that predate the computer, but of course the computer can fit into either of those two models. It’s a wonderful device for delivering information, but it can also be a wonderful device for creating, exploring, and experimenting.”
“I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.”
“These days I talk about our approach in terms of these four words that begin with the letter p: projects, passion, peers, and play. So that’s the approach I would take with coding, but also with any other learning: getting students to work on projects, based on their passion, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit. And each of those p’s is important. I think work on projects gives you an understanding of the creative process, how to start with just the inkling of an idea and then to build a prototype, share it with people, experiment with it, and continue to modify and improve it.”
Great activity here for using Scratch to create your own Google logo. Our Hour of Code middle school students really enjoyed it! https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/en/hoc2017#
Great educator design thinking resources from Cooper Hewitt.