User Needs: We are consistently reinforcing that Design Thinking is not a trendy process to follow, but rather there are a few key mindsets and skills that designers use that can inform our work in schools and as leaders. Powerfully even. The core of design is assessing, caring about and investigating the human needs that are the foundation of any actual real-world problem. An unfortunate bi-product of the 20th century education model is that most involved were trained to believe that school is where you came to get the answers.
Consequently, most of our teachers, principals and leaders were trained in this way, so they too think they have the answers. This severely impacts their curiosity, and what is great about 2018 is that it has never been so easy to realize that if you thought you had all the answers, you are misinformed, and that curiosity may be the most important building block to solving wicked problems. This is where this card comes in handy. The answers are out there in your community, and one of the most exciting things about 2018 is the opportunity to get out there and go find them.
Shadow a Student for a Day: Just one example of how you might look for needs and problems in your school.