Human Centered Design Workshop

How can teachers find new solutions for combining academic standards with the developmental needs of their students? Working with PreKindergarten and Kindergarten teachers at DC Bilingual Chapter School, I guided them through the human-centered design process to help uncover the possibilities. We discussed the principles and steps of brainstorming and design research, then they prototyped and tested their solutions. Their prototypes ranged from a checklist of developmental markers at various play stations where the teacher can note the students’ actions and behaviors, to a student-lead activity that mimicked their various emotional responses to specific activities. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive and they are currently iterating with their ideas in the classroom.