Teaching Controversies & Dilemmas
Controversies and dilemmas abound when you use design
tasks in your classroom. They appear when someone "stretches
the rules" of the design brief for the task. They
also can be found as pedagogical issues related to design's
use with students.
Out What's Hard About a Topic
A teacher who is trying to designing
an instructional unit, claims Harvard's David Perkins,
needs to getting good at predicting which ideas students
regularly find difficult to understand -- these topics
are the naive conceptions or misconceptions that are
resistant to change from instruction.
Hear about a topic that animates both educators and
students -- gender and design. Listen to researchers
and teachers talk about different skills male/female
designers display when designing.
the Winner Win?
Watch a critical teaching moment when a controversy
erupted over whether a winning design was an allowable
design during a class-wide wrap-up discussion.
This idea pair help students analyze organisms, systems
or products made by people or nature.
Makes for a Good Design Challenge?
Expert curriculum designers and teachers talk about
key features they think are important to include in
a great design activity.
Prof Richard Kimbell talks about a perennial juggling
act of teaching: balancing teacher and student control,
and its impact when designing or performing any lesson
Coverage of Topics
Harvard's Phil Sadler talks abot a second juggling
act teachers do that involves finding the optimal
balance between covering many topics to meet the demands
of high-stakes testing, versus having student work
in-depth on projects, which can be more memorable
and lead to greater success in college.