How Might We Improve School Storage for All Middle School Students

From 2009 through 2014 students in Perkiomen Valley Middle School East Connections classes designed solutions to all manners of storage issues in their daily lives.  Employing design thinking, students worked in teams to interview fellow students, custodial staff, administration, and teachers to build empathy for all the users impacted by this issue.  Each year students … Continue reading How Might We Improve School Storage for All Middle School Students

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Design Thinking Prof. Dev. Workshop

In early August I started what I hope to be the first of many Design Thinking workshops for educators in my district.  Twenty curious teachers worked through IDEO's "Wallet" exercise and came away, in three hours (note to self...WAY TOO SHORT!!!)  with one primary understanding:  Building Empathy for the user is crucial to this process. … Continue reading Design Thinking Prof. Dev. Workshop

IDSA National Design Learning Challenge

Observations to Objects--Award Winning Design Project 8th Grade Engaged upon with 40+ 8th graders, 10 Collaborating Professors and Industrial Design Students from Philadelphia University, and my Colleague, Mrs. Kathy Todd at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, this project took place in 2013, my last year as a middle school teacher.  In transition to my HS … Continue reading IDSA National Design Learning Challenge