How to Bring Design Thinking to Your School for Free (Without Hiring a Fancy Consultant)

by Mary Jo Madda 

But as my colleague Leonard Medlock says, you have to be careful when finding free alternatives online, because it can lead to a “proliferation of design thinking sans any notions of empathy or learning from failure.”

Keep in mind, design thinking–problem discovery and solution generation using empathy and rapid prototyping, described as “human-centered design”–isn’t something you can just implement in a classroom lesson plan with your students right away.

You’ve got to work on the skills and mindsets yourself first, and develop an openness to iteration and a willingness to be truly honest.