Creating a Generation of Problem Finders
One of Ewan's beliefs is that we must move away from more traditional practices of helping our students to become problem solvers to a different approach and journey that focuses more on creating Problem Finders. Find the problem first then design a way to overcome this problem or obstacle. Removing barriers that stand in the way through thoughtful design becomes an important part of this process.
Design Thinking, Problem-Finding and Its Relevance in PE?
Putting it into Action in PE
Discover----->Exploration of Skills in PE
During this phase I intend on getting the students do a very general exploration of the necessary skills at the beginning of a unit.
Define------>Problem-Finding Related to Student Learning Outcomes in a PE Unit
After the students and I discuss what the learning outcomes are for a unit, I want to allow them the time to identify which student learning outcomes they may have difficulty in developing during the unit. They must think about specific reasons why they would have difficulty in meeting these outcomes. This is the pre-assessment phase of the unit.
Brainstorm----->Activity Planning to Help in Meeting Identified Problem Areas in PE
During this part, I would get the students to come up with a number of potential activities and to essentially create a plan for how they may be able to overcome their identified area of needed improvement.
Prototype------>Putting ideas into Practice
During this phase, the students would be putting into practice ideas that they came up with in the brainstorming stage of the design thinking cycle. It is ongoing over a couple of weeks. However, during this time, as teacher, I will lead a number of mini-activities for them, so there is still a teacher directed component within this cycle.
Evolve----->Evaluate Effectiveness of their Plans for Improvement
During this stage they may have to evaluate if they have been successful in improving upon their identified areas of weakness and may have to go back to the brainstorming session listed above. During this phase, they may have to get the teacher to step in to help them out. Formative assessment in terms of student reflection will play a bit part in this phase as they will record their learning throughout the journey.
I will be blogging about the journey in putting this cycle into action over the next few weeks. Come back and read about it if you are interested. Thanks!