I found the Design Thinking Your Action Plan process during the second F2F to be very helpful in refining my ideas and my focus of my Cohort 21 project. I left the day with the same general ideas that I had come in with, but my “How Might We” question was much more refined.
I started the day with these questions:
And I left with this one:
The iterative design thinking process allowed me to really consider why I cared about my initial questions and helped me to clarify what I hoped to do by addressing them. I found the “Reflect and Validate” and “Empathize” steps to be particularly helpful, encouraging me to consider what aspects of my challenge I have control over, and what my user (Grade 9 students) need from me.
I found that mapping and outlining my process to also be very useful, and I have taken several of the steps that I included in my initial map, including meeting with the other Grade 9 Geography teachers and the Grade 9 Science teachers, including @akraguljac. I still have plenty of steps to take, and I look forward to continuing to work with others in the Cohort tomorrow!