In February the Tamar Regional High School held a seminar on Design Thinking in Education. This programme is run in co-operation and under the guidance of Stanford University, USA. So what is Design Thinking in Education?

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Design Thinking is an approach to learning that takes us away from the 200 year old, blackboard, frontal teaching method.  It brings education right up into the new century with a mindset to learning collaboration and problem solving.  In practice the process is a structured  framework which enables the students to identify challenges, gather information, discuss and refine various ideas and  test the generated solutions or potential solutions.

This is a classroom of students that can confront issues, creative innovations and ideas that ultimately may have an impact on the world.  It combines the traditional subjects of educational curriculum; Maths, English etc and introduces the modern needs of a 2020 world: Cyber science, energy, climate and so much more.  The students are required to dig deep into the depths of their brains to be creative and forward thinking, to come up with ideas that then the group can work on from all aspects: need, practicality, budget and of course empathy to the surroundings. 

According to a recent presentation by Stanford University, Design Thinking helps children learn “that they have the power to change the world.” Moreover, that they can change it now, rather than waiting until they’re older.

So, Tamar Regional Council supports this exciting and innovative form of education.  The school classrooms have been adapted (group based projects) and the teachershave been trained and the ideas are already flowing. 

However, sadly the COVID-19, as for everybody on the world, has halted education and the school is functioning on the Remote Learning system.  The teachers and students are actually very experienced in this field because of the flooding that occurs not infrequently over the winter months.  Programmes are updated online to meet the students stage in the course work and the parents have the responsibility to sit their children down on a day to day basis and help them continue their studies – not an easy feat for any family.  The teachers are online and available to assist with all aspects of the programmes/courses and whilst its not school it does keep the children in a structed learning environment for part of the day. 

Let’s hope for a speedy return to every day life for young and old alike. 



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