Finding solutions with visual thinking

Finding solutions with visual thinking

If you want to find unexpected solutions to complex problems, then you had better consider adding visual thinking to your problem solving repertoire. Visual thinking, the use and exploration of multi-dimensional images as tools for communication, understanding and creative problem

Design Thinking in Preschool

Design Thinking in Preschool

Design thinking — a dynamic and fluid iterative approach to problem solving has captured the imagination of educators and kids alike with its emphasis on the intuitive creativity we all remember from childhood. I wondered if our tiniest students, preschoolers

Playfulness, Courage, Agility and Love

Playfulness, Courage, Agility and Love

I am always on the lookout for examples of the creative process to inspire educational practices. And bingo (or slots in my case), I found it in Las Vegas at the Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson ONE show. This breathtaking barrage

Visual thinking and student learning

Visual thinking and student learning

When I think about educational practices we should scale in 2015, I think about visual thinking and student learning. It is widely accepted that people have a better memory for images than words. Think about an icon or symbol and

Design thinking for Kids

Design thinking for Kids

“Often schools are teaching kids things they might never need to know again. We’re not teaching them how to be creative, or design, … or deal with unexpected situations. A lot of people are aware that we really need to

The world in general disapproves of creativity

The world in general disapproves of creativity

“The world in general disapproves of creativity,” wrote Isaac Asimov. In a 1959 letter to a team of scientists at MIT, the great science fiction writer advised his colleagues to prepare themselves for disapproval. Creative ideas would appear outlandish and

Creativity is a skill, not a mighty mystery

Creativity is a skill, not a mighty mystery

Thinking about creativity as a skill, not a mighty mystery, makes it accessible to all of us. Too many people still think of creativity as a mystery — the exclusive property of the very intellectually gifted or a bolt of

Photograph tells secret

Photograph tells secret

A photograph is a secret about a secret.  The more it tells you the less you know.                            — Diane Arbus Sometimes a pain is so deep that

D-Day Design Innovation “won the war for us”

D-Day Design Innovation “won the war for us”

I recently spent a peaceful day on Omaha Beach in Normandy, a bucolic picture of French country life on the coast. It was difficult to imagine the scene on June 6, 1944 when a landing craft called the LCVP (landing

STEM, Meet Design Thinking

STEM, Meet Design Thinking

From U.S. presidents to local principals, the message to improve student learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is loud and clear. But all too often the message fails to include any ideas of how to engage more students