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What is #DesignThinking?

It Begins With Empathy

Puzzled looks…reactions of disinterest…blunt statements of I don’t know what you are talking about.

Design Thinking cannot be explained easily because Design Thinking must be experienced. Although there are steps to follow in the DT process, it is more about the why and less about the how.

DT can be used to solve virtually any problem that may exist.

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Kids with Digital DNA

What do you know about Generation Z?

These are the kids who are in currently in elementary and middle school. Gen Z is uniquely different than any previous generation and the advances in technology have a large part to do with that. We call them ‘digital natives’. They have never known a world without computers or internet. That alone is a mind-blowing-crazy-idea for anyone over 25.

How do analog parents cope with digital kids?
How do veteran teachers handle the lightning-fast learning needs of this new generation of student?

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Growth Mindset

All year in MindWorks, we have been focused on growing our intelligence. Our two big themes have been grit and curiosity. We have learned about brain development and knowledge acquisition, determination and believing in yourself, fixed and growth mindset. All of these ideas are so valuable to young adolescent students as they grow into the future.

There exist some classic one-liners we all say at one time or another that show us we are in fixed-mindset-mode… at least temporarily. So we made a bulletin board for our classroom… growth mindset reminders radiating outward from the middle.

Shuffle Up & Deal!

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If it was a secret before, it will be no longer…I love Poker.

That’s right. The age old game of cards and clay chips is one of my preferred pastimes. To some it is a game of chance; to others a game of strategy. To me, the potential of rolled up aces over kings makes every trip to the table a true adventure.

In Poker we use the term “pot committed.” A player is pot committed when he has bet enough money that—regardless of the strength of his hand—it would be better to keep betting until the end.

In the overall mission of Never Summer, I am pot committed. I am ready to push all my proverbial chips across the table because I am ALL IN.

D stands for Design

Like a Splinter in Your Mind

Everyday, we see things differently than the day before. With fresh eyes and insight, the world presents new questions seeking answers… new situations to be encountered… new problems requiring solutions.

When we choose to make positive change in the world, we open ourselves up to discovering unique gifts and talents within and we become designers. People who want to move mountains to make impossibilities become possible.

To design is to create adventure!