Teacher Interview by Ashley Waring RRES 5th Grade
Innovation and Design Thinking in the Science Classroom
- What gave you the idea to do this activity with your students?
- This idea was developed from a Tower of Cups activity from pinterest. It involved important skills for beginning a science classroom according to the Design thinking and 5E model of teaching. This model was more of being a facilitator than teacher.
- As your students went through the activity, what things did you learn from them?
- I'll be the first person to roll my eyes when I hear someone at a PD say, "The students were having such meaningful scientific discussions," but this activity truly led to some incredible, student-led discussions on problem solving, being innovative, being a team player, designing and testing prototypes, creativity, working through a problem and being comfortable with failing the first time (first attempt in learning) and leadership-- and discussing what all of those things look like both in the classroom and outside of school
- Why should all students complete this process?
- This was a great starting point for beginning the year. I plan on teaching each subject using the Design Thinking and 5 E models. Students have just enough freedom to try and FAIL, modify and re-try, and I am there to facilitate the process. This activity helped my students develop an understanding of my expectations and the design thinking process, and I will refer back to it often throughout the year.
- Anything else you would like to share?
- I am here to help anyone else accomplish this activity and answer questions! I have a folder created in Google Drive with all the activities and steps, videos, presentations, etc.