Reflection: Real World Applications What Wood?- Woodn't You? - Section 4: Wrap Up


Recent classes at Stanford University’s d.School  introduced me to the idea of Design Thinking.  Basically, it focuses on the process of thinking through a problem-based solution.  Observing this concept in action had a great impact on the way I teach lessons.  At the beginning of my teaching career, I found it almost too easy to teach skills in a linear way.  By that, I mean I looked at the Teacher Manual and taught the lesson the way the book advised.   As the years passed, I adjusted my practice to be much more student driven.  By the time I got to Stanford, I was looking for ways to make the material more relevant.   Design Thinking gives us the methodology to facilitate student learning by basing it on a problem..and encouraging the students to brainstorm and test a solution- just like in real life!  That design cycle creates the best of both worlds- a standard based activity with a real life problem based solution.  What better way to prepare them for a successful future?          

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What Wood?- Woodn't You?

Unit 11: Wood You Marry Me?
Lesson 4 of 7

Objective: Students will use tools to change the form of wood to solve a problem.

Big Idea: Why does wood need to be different?

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Science, SP1, XC4, wood, tree
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