10 Essentials to Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

Great blog by our very own, Mrs. Melo (@techMAESTR0S)!

The Edcite Blog


This summer I was given an opportunity to collaboratively design an internship that allowed elementary students to use design thinking. With goals to have our Junior CEOs think critically, collaborate, communicate, and produce creative ideas for Edcite, I knew we had to practice innovation through project-based learning (PBL).  Along with PBL, I’ve had to adopt the design thinking mindset, experimenting with new procedures and remaining open to the ideas of these young minds.  The Junior CEO internship has been a great teaching experience and a valuable learning experience for our students and myself.  You too can bring innovation and empowerment to your classroom with these 10 elements of design thinking.

1. Expectations:photo (12)

Design thinking is human centered, optimistic, experimental, and collaborative.

When presenting design thinking to elementary aged students I found it very important to define our expectations as design thinkers.   We all agreed that an ideal intern…

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