And this is the last peaceful moment we will enjoy at the Doucette for some 5 weeks. Beginning on Monday, what seems like the sprint to the finish for 2nd year Werklund pre-service teachers will begin with the shot of a starting pistol (only figuratively) and continue at a break neck speed until February 14th.
Not that we, here at the Doucette, have been quiet. Quite the opposite. We have been developing a workshop for those same 2nd year students as they test the process of Design Thinking within their grade level and specialty teaching areas. In order to end with a bang that we are metaphorically beginning with, a Maker Faire will be held here to showcase all of the prototypes of their learning on that final day, February 14.
Back to the workshop. My partner in teaching, Tammy and I have been generally frustrated by each Design Thinking Workshop we have attended. We began to visualize what the perfect workshop would look like in order to savour the language and process of Design Thinking. During the brainstorm of our successes and disappointments, the number one reason for most of our frustrations was TIME.
In infomercial style, many workshops offered complete Design Thinking Training in 30 minutes or less. And in order to experience Design Thinking, we bought into these workshops to soak up the process we had been reading so much about. Let’s face it, spending two minutes to empathize with a real world problem is not enough. Coming up with ideas to alleviate said problem with a 5 minute deadline is dreadful.
Developing our own workshop using the Design Thinking process embedded us in the steps to create a great learning experience for our students. We decided, (listen carefully), to develop the workshop using the Design Thinking process making the workshop our prototype and having students test and give us feedback. With me? Okay, then we developed two humanities based scenarios to work with students through the first three defined steps of Design Thinking: Empathy, Definition and Ideation.
And so we begin the journey of walking 300+ students through the Design Thinking process using our workshop as prototype. Beginning Monday, I will try to blog at the end of each day to let you know our successes and inspirations to change for new iterations. Notice how the word failure does not appear in this blogpost. “Inspirations to change for new iterations” is the new failure where failure is, clearly, not an option.
Hang on, it is going to be a bumpy ride!