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Design Thinking in the 5th Grade Classroom

Design Thinking is a five-step problem-solving approach that consists of: (1) empathizing, (2) defining, (3) ideating, (4) prototyping, and (5) testing. In the 5th grade classroom, Design Thinking can be integrated into curriculum to help deepen students’ learning and understanding of core concepts and standards. In today’s blog post, I’m going to share some tips … Continue Reading Design Thinking in the 5th Grade Classroom

Design Thinking in the 4th Grade Classroom

Design Thinking is a five-step problem-solving approach that consists of: (1) empathizing, (2) defining, (3) ideating, (4) prototyping, and (5) testing. In the 4th grade classroom, Design Thinking can be integrated into curriculum to help deepen students’ learning and understanding of core concepts and standards. In today’s blog post, I’m going to share some tips … Continue Reading Design Thinking in the 4th Grade Classroom

Gift List for Teachers: Holiday Gift Guide for Educators in 2021

Disclaimer: This blog post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase, I may receive a portion of the sale, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products I absolutely love! Every teacher deserves a meaningful gift this holiday season (and yes, that includes the teachers reading right now!). I’ve put … Continue Reading Gift List for Teachers: Holiday Gift Guide for Educators in 2021

Digital Accessibility and Dyslexia Advocacy, featuring Jeannette Washington M.Ed.

Did you know that October is Dyslexia Awareness Month? To celebrate neurodiversity this month – and everyday! – I’m sharing resources from Jeannette Washington, M.Ed., experienced educator working at the intersection of technology, accessibility, and dyslexia advocacy. Jeannette shares incredibly valuable resources for educators on her Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and website. I will be resharing … Continue Reading Digital Accessibility and Dyslexia Advocacy, featuring Jeannette Washington M.Ed.

Using Systems Thinking to Tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future” by 2030. These 17 goals address the global challenges we face – from poverty to climate change to inequality (United Nations). While some progress has been made since 2015, the UN has more recently … Continue Reading Using Systems Thinking to Tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Combining Systems Thinking and Design Thinking in the Classroom

In my classroom, I want my students to be not just problem-solvers, but also problem-finders. I want students to learn strategies and skills to solve real-world problems. And I want students to be able to identify the very problems that need to be solved. In my experience working in schools, I’ve noticed that there is … Continue Reading Combining Systems Thinking and Design Thinking in the Classroom

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