Design Thinking in Schools: Teaching to the middle!?

Have a comfy drive to work today? There is a story all designers should know about the US air force during the space race. In short, as test pilots were being put into rockets they were crashing… a lot! Initially the seat was designed for the average pilot and pilots were selected who fitted the […]

Reflections on Leaving the Classroom

Today I can no longer introduce myself as “Maths Teacher” as I leave the classroom. Though I might still use my former job title for introductions at parties to make things simple. I move from the classroom to take up a training and consultancy role supporting schools looking to implement change and embed technology for […]

Design Thinking in Schools: Shadow a Student

Empathy and understanding the ‘what is’ forms the essential starting point of innovation and underpins design thinking. So what better way to get started in schools than to shadow a student. Check out the¬†shadow a student website, which is aiming to get school leaders living a day in the life of a student. Sign up […]

Design Thinking in Schools: Which personas are in your school?

Students are categorised by grades, level of need, progress from starting points and in some cases background or ethnicity. There are other categories some teachers might wish to use too. Could we use very different characteristics to provide the best learning opportunities for all children? Clearly I am not busy enough being head of maths […]

Comminucake – Immersion

Our design thinking project, focussed¬†on how we communicate across our 16 school Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) has begun… with a scheduled meeting! “Meetings of peers sitting around a table rarely lead to collaborative actions towards solving a problem.” Ewan McIntosh – How to come up with great ideas, 2014. Indeed, not everyone could make it despite […]

Making a Dent – The Project Team

After an inspirational two days in Toulouse and a desire to implement lasting change in my organisation, I have been given the support and permission to start a design thinking process for how we communicate across our Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). As our MAT grows towards 20 schools we will need to be able to communicate […]

Going Google at my School: Y2 – Autumn 2014 Review

“I am still in the Google mis’Ap(p)s stage of conscious incompetency… I’m afraid to say I’m tempted to assume a partial Canutian stance, such that despite realising that the tide has turned (irrevocably) I find myself, nonetheless, wondering whether death by drowning might be preferable.”