Linking Design Thinking to Children´s Literature
Members of the team
Pauline Forbes Jimena Bouso Candy San Martino
Y2 English Teachers
Mentor – Marta Lavista
Our goal in education is to empower every student by developing habits of learning that render them into individuals who have the dispositions and learning practices to succeed in their future professions, projects, personal lives, and civic duties. They are future-ready, empowered citizens who can learn and have the confidence to complete tasks no matter the situation or circumstance; who are able to learn continuously in a world of constant change and innovation. We cannot predict the problems that students will face, but we can provide them with effective learning tools that will help them succeed in their future endeavors.
Design Thinking Principles – DavidLeeEdTech.org
We believe that students need engaging project-based lessons to motivate and prepare them for the future. When we were planning the author study unit on Beatrix Potter, we noticed that students were only focusing on reading and writing. Nonetheless, we could see the sparkle of curiosity and eagerness when they heard about the mischievous things Peter and Benjamin did or the frustration Mr. McGregor felt when the animals stole his vegetables. This is why we decided to introduce a design thinking project that would focus on making with the intention of fostering creativity to solve real life problems, therefore allowing them to experience lifelong lasting skills to apply beyond school life.
We will be creating a project that will integrate language, science, technology, engineering, design concepts and maths. We will base it on the design thinking process which includes the following stages:
In this project, students will be expected to take the role of one of the main characters in Ms. Potter’s most famous book and help them solve their problems.
Taking into account the design thinking mindset, we began with the first stage of empathizing by fostering a human centred attitude gaining inspiration and direction from both characters’ problems. Students identified that there were two different problems, depending on each character’s point of view.
Given these two problems, students came up with the following driving questions:
In this unit students will plan, prototype and test possible solutions for each dilemma. As cross curricular activities, students will investigate about rabbits and vegetable gardens in order to base their designing on scientific research. As an extra bonus and in order to live real life experiences, students will plant and care for their own vegetable garden!
We are very excited to find out what the seed of imagination and creativity will bloom into for us in the future of this project.