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happen is through a process known as "Design Thinking." In a Harvard Business Review article, Tim Brown discussed five characteristics of design thinkers.
- Integrative Thinking
Tony Wagner says that "the DNA of innovators might be considered a set of skills that are essential elements in design thinking." The characteristics of design thinkers represent a set of skills and habits of the mind that can be nurtured, taught and mentored. "It's not primarily what you are born with that makes you an innovator - but what you have learned to do that is more essential (Wagner, 2012)." To inspire our students to be creative thinkers and innovators teachers must be inspired themselves. Most traditional topics can be redefined and recast but teachers need a method to make this "disruption" in education become reality. Human-centered design methods like design thinking allow innovation to thrive in schools.
Collaboration, problem finding and problem solving, taking risks and purposeful play - these are all words to describe an innovative school culture. So, is your school or classroom innovative? If not - what are the road blocks and boundaries?
We often hear that the excuse for not being innovative is because there is not enough time or some other resource is missing. While time is a huge factor for many schools - I challenge teachers to find the time to learn about techniques like Design Thinking that can remake our schools and classrooms so that students have the skills they need to succeed in a new world. The Design Thinking For Educators tool kit is a great place to get started. Download the PDF here: http://designthinkingforeducators.com/toolkit/ This article from Edutopia is also great: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/design-thinking-betty-ray