How might we reframe the role of the teacher from deliverer of content to designer of learning adventures?
In the fall of 2016, Leadership+Design custom designed a two-day professional development experience for the Darrow School faculty to explore the future of teaching and learning and practice the habits and mindsets of design thinkers. The faculty worked together to reframe their role in the classroom as they refined the Darrow School's signature Active Curriculum, which emphasizes student work that is community focused, hands-on, personalized, and informed by design thinking. Over the course of our two days, Darrow teachers practiced their empathy skills by designing an eating utensil for a partner to eat his or her favorite food, created hypothetical week-long learning adventures on topics they knew nothing about, dug into the deeper meanings and implications of the Darrow Active Curriculum, and ultimately collaboratively designed teaching and learning experiments to try out in their own classrooms. Along the way, we built community and collaboration through improv exercises and worked through some of the challenges of group life that can be particularly prescient for a boarding school community.
Experience Designer: Erin Cohn