Reflection: Student Ownership Unit synthesis: models of design (3 of 4) - Section 4: Ideas Exchange Dialogue Circles

 

The purpose of allowing students to drive discussion within a structured protocol is to value their emerging expertise.  Teachers do not always have to be the focal point of discussions.  When provided with an effective discussion structure, students can have high-level exchanges with each other.  In fact, mirroring the real-world lens of this lesson, an immediate advantage of student-led discussions is that they more authentically capture how students perform without assistance from a teacher.  A teacher is able to assess students' thinking without controlling process.  Often students will feel freer in this structure and, as a result, teachers are able to gather more accurate information about students' mastery of concepts and skills.

 

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Unit synthesis: models of design (3 of 4)

Unit 1: "Unit 0": Engineering design thinking
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to: 1) explain how social entrepreneurs utilize engineering design thinking; 2) compare their design thinking behaviors to behaviors of graduate students; and 3) communicate understandings with other students through structured dialogues.

Big Idea: Design is integral to social entrepreneurship initiatives. How might we critically analyze real-world engineering design thinking in underdeveloped countries to identify a spectrum of design abilities?

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Science, rapid prototyping, engineering design thinking, social entrepreneurship, discussion protocols
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