Hacktivity: Shadow a Student

Shadowing a student is a powerful tool to gain deep empathy and insight into this topic area.

BEFORE: Find a student to shadow + ask for permission. Share your goals with them!


  • OBSERVE WITH CARE. Imagine yourself in the student’s shoes.
  • NOTICE SURROUNDINGS: What is the student’s body language telling you? When are they most animated? When are they most reserved? What emotions are they revealing? Are there inconsistencies between what the student says and what the student does?

AFTER: Reflect: How did it feel to be a student? What was the best moment? What was the most challenging moment? What early ideas or new insights did shadowing spark?

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