Hello! I am a educator that is interested in incorporating more design thinking into my classroom, and am just beginning to try the design thinking process in my new STEAM class. Creativity, innovation, design, collaboration, and civic engagement are at the core of my classroom. I would like to help students become advocates for their own community, and use their creativity to design their own unique solutions for the problems. I think that design thinking is a powerful tool to activate both creativity and civic engagement, and I am so excited to learn from like-minded colleagues.
I have this problem too in my classroom. I don’t think I have a straight answer for this one, but I will share my insights... it might have to do with how we build that safe and trusting space. I recently participated in this empathy activity called Challenge day, (check it out! https://www.challengeday.org/) and kids got to be themselves. We were in small groups and in a safe environment where kids can share their experiences. Kids were allowed to be share whatever they liked and be vulnerable without fear of bullying or retaliation. This was framed with the promise that whatever is stated in the room must stay in that room to protect students. I was a t first afraid that kids were not going to take it seriously (I teach middle school in south LA) but I was very wrong. The students took It very seriously and respected each other. Many students shared stories and even cried. I was astounded. All the students needed was a time and space to truly be heard! I felt that the students were transformed by this experience. They are more empathetic and aware of their actions. I see more caring behaviors. I think that the only way to truly change behaviors is for students to truly feel and experience. I think most students “know” the right answer and what we want to hear, but they truly don’t “know” until they feel and experience it themselves. I was hoping the role play could be a way to “experience” but framing it carefully within a trusting environment might be a challenge if kids don’t feel comfortable sharing the truth...maybe making some parts anonymous would be helpful. I love your idea of making tweets on a google doc. That can be made anonymous and kids might feel more comfortable to participate.