Archive - September 2015

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Design Thinking 4 – Prototype (Part 1)
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Design Thinking 3 – Ideate
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Design Thinking 2 – Define
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Problem Solving
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Design Thinking 1 – Empathize
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Building Houses Together
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Working Together Respectfully
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Sharing our favourite toys
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Tuning in to Play
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Alphabet Creation

Design Thinking 4 – Prototype (Part 1)

This is the fourth post in our Design Thinking journey for our inquiry into Play. There will be two parts to this post as it is quite a long process. Steve Jobs said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” With that, lets enter the Prototype Stage – Part 1.

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Design Thinking 3 – Ideate

This is the third post in our Design Thinking journey for our inquiry into Play. Ideate! Every creative act is open war against The Way It Is. What you are saying when you make something is that the universe is not sufficient, and what it really needs is more you. And it does!. Go look outside and you will see that we are not done making the world. There is an endless demand for ideas.

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Design Thinking 2 – Define

This is the second step in our Design Thinking journey for our inquiry into Play: Define. The Define Stage is the process and synthesizing of the findings from your empathy work in order to form a user point of view that you will address with your design.

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Problem Solving

As a part of our inquiry into play, we have been exploring respectful interactions. We have had many discussions about what we must do when we play together. Over the last few weeks though we had noticed a few groups had been having problems when they were working together so we decided to have a discussion about this.

The children then came up with some ideas for what we can do when someone doesn’t share things with us or they are not following the rules.

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Design Thinking 1 – Empathize

As we have uncovered more about play we thought it was time for the children to have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a hands-on way. Enter ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘Maker Time’. You get your ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between innovators and other people is we notice when we’re doing it!

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Building Houses Together

As a part of our inquiry into play another activity we did last week was working in small groups to build a model house. The students could use anything around the room to build with but had to make sure everyone was happy with the design and creation. The students had to plan together, communicate ideas and gather materials. They also had to make sure everyone had a turn and was happy with the final design.

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Working Together Respectfully

To continue on with our inquiry into play, last week in Excellence we talked as a class about what we need to do to make sure everyone has fun and enjoys when we play together.

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Sharing our favourite toys

As you read in the previous post, to tune in to our new inquiry the Excellence students had the chance to draw and talk about all the things they like to play with. As a continuation of this activity the children were asked to bring in one thing from home that they like to play with.

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Tuning in to Play

Now that the Excellence students have settled back in to school life and the routines we have started our inquiry into play. As a part of this inquiry we are exploring different types of play, respectful interactions and learning new skills.

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Alphabet Creation

During the first few weeks of school we have been revisiting the letters and sounds of the alphabet, exploring their shape and how they look. We have been reading quite a number of alphabet books to remind us of each letter and particularly enjoyed ‘Alphabet – Under Construction’ by Denise Fleming.

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