Extraordinaires Design Club: Designerly Minded Teachers

As followers of this blog may know, I have been working with and observing a group of Middle School learners since late November as they meet weekly to play and learn with the Extraordinaires Design Studio.  We started in November and December by getting to know one another,  learning about user-centered design and empathy's central place in … Continue reading Extraordinaires Design Club: Designerly Minded Teachers

The Modern Learner: Dancing to Learn

I link below to the blog and youtube channel of a student who has taken a passion project/20Time project to levels far beyond my expectations.  If you're an educator of any sort, you should take a look at her work.  While she is certainly an exceptional student,  she could easily be languishing in classrooms that sap her … Continue reading The Modern Learner: Dancing to Learn

The Chaotic Arrow: Musing on the Importance of Perception in School Change.

Thursday's blog post from George Couros got me thinking, as normal.    Take a look at it, especially at the line drawings for what constitutes "Success" (I copy the image above).  These doodles are true enough (you'll also find the squiggle as the Design Squiggle ) to the pathways we perceive as leading to success and the … Continue reading The Chaotic Arrow: Musing on the Importance of Perception in School Change.

Design Lab: The Last Update?

The first iteration of Perkiomen Valley High School’s Design Lab is over. Here’s one student’s reflection on the semester’s successes and opportunities.

Adventures of a Teenage Dreamer

Design Lab ended…

The semester was officially over on Friday, and with it goes an amazing class that I will never forget. As a quick rundown, Katie and I made a slideshow for our project which we presented to the class, some administrators, and two of the designers from the business PlusUs. I think it went really well given that we only had 8 minutes to present our entire project from start to finish, and everyone else also did a great job.

After the presentations on the 18th, Katie and I have just been cruising along with rest of the class as we couldn’t really do anything in a week and a half. Mr. Heidt surely knew how to keep us busy though, and he planned for us to have a guest speaker on the 25th and another final discussion/presentation to the assistant superintendent for the last day. The…

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