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Design thinking action lab assignment 4 ideate

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Design thinking action lab assignment 4 ideate

  1. 1. Design Thinking Action Lab : Stanford University Design Challenge: redefining school-to-work transition Assignment #3: Ideate Iman Kouvalis August 14, 2013 Problem Statement Because there is so much competition in finding a teaching job in Ontario, Canada, graduates need a way to set themselves apart to employers in how they make learning relevant and exciting for students. Solutions 1 Wow the practitioner teachers to get on the teachers’ list. 26 Ask a retired teacher to help you do a mock interview. 2 Wow the university teachers to get a good word in to the teachers’ list. 27 Interview teachers and principals to find out what is needed to get on the teachers’ list. 3 Link students to community challenges. 28 Talk to teachers on forums to get ideas on how to stand out, engage students and get a job. 4 Make a lesson plan that is super engaging for the students. 29 Make a presentation at a teachers’ conference or Professional Development day on the new technology the students are interested in and how you can incorporate that into the classroom. 5 Get parent testimonials of your work. 30 Volunteer to be a science fair judge. 6 Keep calling and bugging the principal. 31 Create a collage portfolio of your work. 7 Have case studies in your resume. 32 Go to a job fair. 8 Give examples of fun, exciting learning environments that you were involved in like camps etc. on your interview. 33 Make a creative video resume with footage of your engaging lessons and funny clips on how you dealt with “anything in the school” and post it on your resume website. 9 Use technology in the classroom. 34 Volunteer to be a sports coach or for a school play. 10 Use virtual reality in the classroom. 35 Design an online class for struggling students. 11 Create learning by doing in the classroom. 36 Design a software for grade 3 Singapore math. 12 Use educational software. 37 Instead of more practicums, graduates can observe teachers in the classroom through cameras. 13 Get the students to learn what they want to learn. 38 Graduates can be assigned a robot teacher mentor instead of a real one to teach them practical skills. 14 The students will be the teacher today. 39 Help find a way to update the outdated education structure and test it, report findings. 15 Be charismatic with the principal in your 40 Create an engaging Sunday school class at
  2. 2. interview. your church or mosque. 16 Network, network, network! 41 Dress up in costumes while you teach. 17 Volunteer in a school to get exposure and networks. 42 Have a class robot to make learning fun. 18 Move to another city/country to get a 1-2 year contract so you get your foot in the door. 43 Find out what the ministry’s challenge in education is and create a project to tackle it. Create a pilot program and post findings on your website. 19 Prepare yourself to be ready for any situation in the school by interviewing veteran teachers, volunteering in the school etc. 44 Find out what the school’s weaknesses are in the standard test scores and offer to volunteer in that effort. 20 Informally interview or hang out with students of that age and see what they are interested in. Use that as a basis for your lesson plan. 45 Become part of a teachers’ professional association (at the student rate) and attend their conferences, get ideas, networks and creative engaging lesson ideas. 21 Attend a futurism or technology conference and design a camp or lessons for kids using this as a basis. 46 Create their own school/alternative school. 22 Be a kid for a day to understand what they go through to make your lessons relevant. 47 Practice their resume and interview skills very well and do many, many mock interviews to prepare. 23 Take a vacation to Disneyland to get ideas and inspiration for engaging lesson plans. 48 Show to the principal that they provide a specialized talent that other teachers don’t have, e.g. specialized guitar lessons for students etc. 24 Ask all their friends what makes them different and special and write out all their strengths and highlight these in the resume. 49 Hire a professional resume and interview coach (especially for teaching jobs) to help them prepare. 25 Make a series of YouTube videos on an educational topic that is really interesting to a principal. 50 Teach an online class (similar to Khan Academy) and put it up on YouTube. 51 Do a TED Talk about a cutting-edge educational topic.
  3. 3. i. Most Practical Idea Make a presentation at a teachers’ conference or Professional Development day at a school on the new technology the students are interested in and how you can engage students by making new lesson plans that will incorporate this technology. ii. Most Disruptive Idea Find out what the ministry’s challenge in education is (or a particular school) and create a project to tackle it. Run a pilot program and post findings on your website. Also, do a TED talk on your findings and put this video on your resume. iii. My Favorite Idea Make a creative video resume with footage of your engaging lessons and students, extraordinary and original lessons and funny clips on how you dealt with “anything that came up in the school” and post it on your resume website. Show case studies as well as testimonials from students, parents and teachers.

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