Empathy Design. Sounds easy right? The idea is really simple. Take a project that involves engineering design and add the element of putting yourself in somebody else's shoes as the focal point of the actual design itself. Design something that is not only meaningful to you, as the designer, but that takes someone else, and their needs into consideration. To design something for somebody else due to their set of circumstances or limitations or whatever. Its all the rage at Stanford.
The problem was, I didn't know how to marry the two. Engineering design and empathy.
As educators we are constantly learning; as the world changes and devices are common place in our classrooms, so too does our knowledge on behavior management with those devices evolve and need some slight variations on old standbys. Students still need affirmation, repetition, and demonstration, but hopefully some of the following ideas will help too.
Working with many teachers and school communities allows me to witness lots of wonderful things. Innovative practices. Camaraderie. Inspirational teachers. Engaged students. There are times, though, when it all comes together to gel into a more powerful experience than its individual pieces. You can't always plan for these instances, but it's very obvious when it happens...
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