QUESTION: "HOW DO YOU ASSESS DESIGN THINKING?"

Every time I’ve run a workshop with teachers, someone asks a version of this question. Usually I've shared some of the various rubrics that we've developed or borrowed from others. But this week in a conversation with a teacher, I stepped back from the nuts and bolts of the question and approached it from the more general issue of how to create an environment where feedback and evaluation help learners improve the quality of their work. Ron Berger's book, An Ethic of Excellence, has long been an inspiration and guide in my own efforts to address that challenge, and the culture of critique he describes is, I think, critical to facilitating good design thinking.

What resources have you found helpful? And when you think about it personally (and not just in the context of design thinking), what evaluation tools or experiences have been most valuable to your own learning?

 

Victor Saad