The first day we started the class with no desk! Why you might wonder? I wanted to see what would happen to my instruction and the student’s learning if we didn’t let the classroom design, desk, chairs, whiteboard etc. form the way I teach class. What would come of the studio space that use to be my classroom if students became the designers of their own space?
Though it’s not clear what will become of our now empty classroom, it’s been great to see that I don’t have to sit and lecture to make work meaningful to kids. We will be using the design thinking model that I learned at the D-school at Stanford to frame out thinking about our space. We will begin our empathy work around the problem this week. After we do a few design challenges to get our mind thinking, exciting work.