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Design in the classroom

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How do you plan on doing design in your classroom?

 

What benefit will your students get from doing it?

  • Re: Design in the classroom
    ginatesoriero New User
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    I am bringing design into the classroom by having students build a prototype of an earthquake proof structure. Students will use calculations to determine the maximum occupancy and will also determine the scale needed to build a life sized model.

     

    Bringing design into the classroom is a very rewarding experience. Students learn to do the work of professionals in STEM careers. They also learn to follow a process to solve problems. This is a great skill for students to learn early on. I will also get to know a lot about  my students' diverse skills and areas of need.

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    amandasolarsh New User
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    I plan on using design with my 7th grade classes during our Earth Science Unit when we learn about earthquakes to have students make earthquake proof structures, given a limited amount of common classroom materials. I am also starting a STEM elective where throughout the year, the students will be engaged in numerous design activities focusing on structures and bridge design, biomimicry, and green design/sustainability.

     

    I find that when I use design with my students that students of all academic levels and abilities are throughohly engaged and it allows them to make integral real world connections to the content that they are learning in class. I also find that it helps foster critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration  and other key 21st century skills.

  • Re: Design in the classroom
    leahhirsch New User
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    How do you plan on doing design in your classroom?

    I plan on using on design in my classroom on a variety of occasions during this upcoming school year. For example, in the beginning of the year, I am hoping to use the Stranded Design Challenge as an opportunity to teach norms of group work, to get to know my students, and to introduce the design process. Another time I will use design in my classroom is after I visit the New York Hall of Science... we will be modifying the Happy City design challenge and designing circuits with switches.

     

    What benefit will your students get from doing it?

    My students will benefit from this in multiple ways. For one, design appeals to all types of learners - it is kinesthetic, visual, spatial, logical, artistic, and creative. It also allows for collaboration and the development of interpersonal skills and socio-emotional learning. I think the best thing about teaching with design is that it provides an opportunity for students who may not have the best literacy or math skills to feel successful and to excel in a school project.

     

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    a.cooley New User
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    I Plan on making design my main theme for my class, in technology our students are always building and being creative. My goal for this year is to not give my students as much of a direction to get to the main objective. I would like the students to figure out on their own the best solution that would solve the problem given.  The benefit the students will receive is that they will be able to think outside the box and be able to problem solve on their own without the direction of the teacher.

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    seanmccann72 New User
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    How do you plan on doing design in your classroom?

     

    I plan to incorporate design into projects and lessons through the school year.  There is one scheduled visit to the Hall of Science followed by an extension activity where students will design their own switches and closed circuits.  But there are several other segways during the year where there will be opportunity for students to design other projects connected to their grade curriculum.

     

    What benefit will your students get from doing it?

     

    There is a two fold benefit -- increased student engagement and higher order thinking.  The design process hits many of the different kinds of thinking found on the depth of knowledge chart.  It is also a lot of fun in the process!

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      sciteach2013 New User
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      How do you plan on doing design in your classroom?

       

      My ideal goal is to use design as a key presenter of each unit this year with my classes. I had an extraordinary experience learning this new technique of teaching, through the Design lab. For me STEM came to life in a whole new way and I want to share these ideas and its concepts with my students as often as possible. 

       

      What benefit will your students get from doing it?

       

      I appreciate that adding design to my unit planning; will insert a new and exciting element to my classes. I like the idea that the students will take the lead in their learning and teach them tangible skills, while creasing their engagement with these activities. As they develop inquiry skills, it will enhance my student’s process skills to solve problems and create higher order thinking. They will come to realize areas of strong points within themselves they may not have known.

       

  • Re: Design in the classroom
    svoutsinas New User
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    I have  been using inquiry in my classroom for last 6 years so using the design process in the classroom is a natural process. Last year I used it in 7th grade I used the design process to help kids learn about sound. They had to reduce the sound in the hall way by using a scaled model. I found that the kids are more engaged and willing to work on the project.  Some down falls that I experienced in class was getting the kids to create a 2nd prototype.  Some groups did not want to change there first protype.  I had to keep questioning the groups and make sure that they created that 2nd prototype.  Overall, I love this design program.  It makes the kids think out of the box and really become owners of the problem that is created.


    This year I plan on having my Living Environment class design a prototype on how to survive if they were stranded in a particular biome   The constraints are that kids must use material found only in their biome and use that to build a shelter.  The kids will be asked to research their biome and find out avg temperature, average rainfall and the particular food webs that are in their biome.  Once that is established they can build their prototype and then document their work by using their iPad to show how they would survive in the biome.  I feel this will be a great way to get my students in understanding biomes and food webs. 





    Benefits:

    Since I use the inquiry approach to help introduce topics; I know that the design project will help my students immensly.  I feel it is like the next step to understanding the material that is being taught.  I know my kids will own their learning and be more productive in not only thinking outside of the box but creating solutions that incorporates many concepts in the Living Env.  The kids should become better  critical thinking with this process.   


     

     

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    maggieprevil2013 New User
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    I plan on bringing design to all my students in the upcoming school year.  I feel comfortable that I can expand the number of design activities from one per year to one per unit.  It will give students opportunities to collaborate in meaningful ways and students can be supportive to each other as they learn new skills.

    Students will have the opportunity to show what they know, consider other's ideas, use critical thinking skills to explore their own creativity and spark further curiosity to learn.

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    golub.dan@gmail.com New User
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    How do you plan on doing design in your classroom?

     

    I plan on focusing on the design process with my 8th grade math and science students this year.  I hope to do a series of short design challenges over the course of the school year.  These challenges could serve as a sort of "review" of middle school math and science concepts as well as allow students to hone their design skills. For 8th grade exit project, I will encourage students to do design projects in addition to controlled experiments.

     

    What benefit will your students get from doing it?

     

    Students will refine soft skills such as communication, collaboration, and materials and task management.  Students will refine hard skills such as brainstorming, planning, designing, building (various materials, depending on the project), identifying variables, and reflecting on the design process. 

     

     

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