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IDEA@thebass teachers workshop

IDEA@thebass Lessons Employ Design Thinking Strategies.
“Design Thinking” is a method of problem solving that uses design methodologies to tap into a deep reservoir of creativity. This method includes: Observation, Prototyping, Building on Ideas, and Storytelling.  It can be applied by a wide range of people of with various organizational challenges.

An inherently shared approach, design thinking is best when teams of people from different disciplines effectively explore new ideas. These ideas are human-centered, which improves the chances that they will be well-executed and generate valuable outcomes.

Design Thinking requires a collaborative, human-centered, repeatable, and practical approach to finding the best ideas and ultimate solutions.

In the classroom the Design Thinking methodology empowers students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers – people who are continually learning and who can apply their new knowledge to complex challenges.

What Are the Objectives of the Lesson Plans?

1) Emphasizes the process, not the end product.
Unlike a regular art class, IDEA@thebass lesson plans are not primarily designed to improve students’ artistic skills or teach them about art history.  Stick figures and rough drafts are fine.

2)  Uses works of art to stimulate thinking about real-life issues or situations.
This is a non-traditional approach that uses works of art to teach children about living in the 21st century.  Each image will stimulate actions, emotional responses and thought processes that children can relate to.  In some cases, the projects will have nothing to do with the supposed intention of the artist or the historical “context” of the artwork.  Images can stimulate the imagination more effectively than just reading or listening to a story.

3) Encourages teachers and students to listen to one another and respect each other’s opinions.
The teacher is leading a discussion, not a debate. Although there are some leading questions that have to be posed to focus the children on the need and challenge posed by each lesson plan, the questions are designed to be open-ended and encouraging.  The teacher should not dismiss student responses that seem to be “off the point.” Instead, the instructor can re-phrase the question so that individual students can get a better understanding of the challenge being issued.

4)  Promotes a form of interaction that gives students a chance to teach themselves and one another.
After the need and challenge are explained, the teacher allows the children to “take over,” forming teams so that they can develop ideas that are not limited by a pre-determined standard or outcome.

5)  Instills the value and pleasure of non-competitive teamwork.
There are no winners or losers in this process.  IDEA@thebass projects reward individual students as well as groups by letting them find satisfaction in developing and presenting their plans, even if they are not entirely practical.

6)  Uses visual thinking strategies to enhance storytelling skills and increase vocabulary.
Because there is no-predetermined outcome or facts to memorize about the artworks, students can be free and spontaneous in their responses to them. They can begin with personal observations and build on these to reach a more general conclusion that fits a group project. Students will have to find the words to explain what they have sketched out or constructed.

7) Lesson plans are cross-curricular and compatible with Florida Sunshine State Standards.
Each lesson plan lists the Florida Sunshine State Standards that are relevant for the grade level in the areas of Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Health Education, and Visual Arts.

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