Design Thinking 101

Design Thinking: Learn IDEO's Design Thinking Approach to Solving Challenges and Problems

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2 classes per week, for 2 weeks

Multi Class Course

60 minutes

Class Duration

3-12 students

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The world is ever-changing and the landscape of leadership and building community requires leaders to be problem solvers, collaborators and engage in challenging issues. This course will give you the tools to lead powerful sessions with your team to develop new ways of approaching your challenges. You will experience DESIGN Thinking as a participant and be coached through facilitation skills to help you in your own setting. The session will be highly interactive and require participation and a bit of ‘out-of-the-box thinking.’ Anyone is welcome to engage with this course. One does not have to be a teacher or manager as the skills here will have an application to a lot of different settings. The first session will introduce the concepts and key segments along with sharing some ice breakers and ways to set up a successful session. The second session will be practice using Design Thinking as the focal point. After completion, you will receive the slide decks and support materials.
This session will be very interactive and will work best with you participating with your camera and mic on. Also, it would be helpful if you have some scratch paper to take down some notes and engage in a bit of brainstorming. Do consider why you are interested in this training and be prepared to set a goal that we will work towards achieving as a result of this training. Between the two sessions, it would be great for you to have a bit of practice of what we learn in the first session.
Mara has over 25 years of experience in education and now 10 years of experience as a mom. Design Thinking has been her core approach to teaching and has successfully lead groups of small and large in Design Thinking workshops. Design Thinking is her approach to solving challenging organizational issues and creating learning projects for her learners and most recently practiced with her PGCE teacher trainees. Having read Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset and following High Tech High's Project-Based Curriculum mixed with some Big Picture school elements she helped facilitate meaningful learning experiences that encouraged joy and curiosity in her learners. She is a Design Thinking believer.

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Mara Simmons, PhD

A Tinker in Education that Promotes Joy and Curiosity
14 teacher reviews total

About Me

Teaching is my life, my parents would say. In my young adult life I took great joy at creating explanations for things and sharing new knowledge with others. As I matured I learned that much of teaching is learning, listening and understanding others' perspectives and experiences and the combination of learning with my love for sharing knowledge helps define my approach in any course I teach.

I have been privileged with having a long and varied teaching career that includes teaching math, science, history, leadership and English to young students in Los Angeles for nearly 10 years in mostly low income, culturally diverse communities. In addition, I have served as a school head, director and school founder for 12 years and most recently was a program manager for teacher training in the UK where I shaped what teacher training can look like for the post 16 sector.

Choosing to teach online is a new venture for me and an opportunity for me to grow. I appreciate the in-person sessions and look forward to cultivating discussion and learner engagement. Also, I believe education should be about choice, and I love that here you choose what you want to study.

The subjects I will teach will be relevant to those wishing to improve their professional skills, whether it be working with others, ways of writing, or how to increase colleague engagement and enthusiasm. In addition, I hope to bring in some courses specifically for teachers and presenters around how to prepare lessons and how to increase student engagement and joy for learning. Lastly, I am interested in teaching about how to cope with remote learning and working as I have observed and at times struggled with these issues in the past and have found some useful strategies that have worked.

In my classes you will never be quiet for an entire session, nor have to listen to me lecturing - I am a believer in collaboration, discussion and facilitated learning. Problem-based, project-based learning is my approach in a school setting; here online we will have a version of it. At the end of each session, we will re-cap to make sure that you have left with a nugget of learning or provocation to go further along with some extra tools to be that value add.

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