What is Design Thinking?
Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients. A design mindset is not problem-focused, it’s solution focused and action oriented towards creating a preferred future. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be—and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user.
Design Thinking in Kindergarten
In Excellence, we just wrapped up our unit on Who We Are. Our main focus involved inquiring into ourselves and also, our peers. For our culminating unit activity, students were paired up with a partner and were given the challenge of getting to know them better. Students interviewed their partner(s) to find out what they liked, disliked, and what their abilities were. As students collected details about their partner and sorted out their information, we began the “Empathize” phase of the Design Thinking process: