Over the last few days I have been thinking about an article that was shared with me last week on Twitter.
How can design thinking be used in classrooms to help students achieve the skill sets and mindsets needed in 2016?
In his book, The Global Achievement Gap, Dr. Tony Wagner outlined the skills all students now need to succeed (The Seven Survival Skills)
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurship
- Accessing and analyzing information
- Effective oral and written communication
- Curiosity and imagination.
In his 2012 book, Creating Innovators, Dr. Wagner states that these skills are now critical but not sufficient to thrive in today’s world.
There are other qualities of innovators that are essential, such as
- Willingness to experiment, take risks and tolerate failure
- The capacity for design thinking
Design thinking, requires these essential abilities:
- Integrative thinking
- Experimentalism – exploring problems and possible solutions in new and creative ways (Creating Innovators, 2012, Chapter 3)
How can we bring this thinking into the classroom?
In an environment focused on school and board improvement for raising test scores, how do we transform our thinking and turn our students into creators instead of consumers?
In addition, the FourSight Creative Problem Solving Model provides another structure for helping students tackle problems in new ways.
Heidi’s post this weekend helped me to understand the urgency of changing how we think about what is important not only in our classrooms, but in the environments where those of us who support classroom educators think of how best to move forward.
In a culture, where BIPSAs and SIPSAs determine the inch we focus on, and where adults learned to thrive in an outdated system, how do we best move forward with trying to support our students in becoming creators instead of consumers?
Roger Martin: The Opposable Mind (Integrative Thinking)
How Do You Know When Students Are Learning? – David Truss