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Infusing Design Thinking



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Introduction 3:41

The Need for Design Thinking

Why We Need Creativity and Critical Thinking 4:19

Making Art Relevant to Our Students 5:01

Building Flexibility Into Your Curriculum 2:49

What Makes Design Thinking Unique

How National Core Art Standards Tie In to Design Thinking 1:40

Making Connections with Project Based Learning 3:51

Making Connections with STEAM 2:40

How Collaboration Fosters Design Thinking

Ideas for Collaboration 2:44

How to Make Collaboration Meaningful 2:53

The Best Projects for Introducing Design Thinking

Project and Design Ideas 3:01

Drawing and Fashion Design Ideas 2:06

Design Thinking Incorporating Multiple Subjects 1:29

Putting Design Projects Into Action 2:11

Where Design Thinking Fits in Your Curriculum

Ways to Start Infusing Design Thinking 3:14

Conclusion 0:14

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Infusing Design Thinking

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to build flexibility into your curriculum in order to allow for design thinking

  • 2 Explore how to tie the National Core Arts Standards to design thinking in your curriculum

  • 3 Discover how to make connections between design thinking, project-based learning, and STEAM education

Design thinking is an essential component of a 21st-Century art curriculum, but how do you introduce it to your students? In this Learning Pack, hear more about the design thinking process and learn how to get your students working and creating together. See how design thinking can work with your existing curriculum and why it’s vitally important to add it in. Walk away with specific projects and ideas to use in your classroom right away!

Connected K-12 Art Educator Framework Competencies

7. Media and Techniques
C. Designs opportunities for students to experiment with materials and skills

8. Creativity
A. Designs experiences to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills
B. Designs instruction to allow for freedom of expression and independent thought within student work

9. Connections
C. Values how the arts connect with other disciplines and provides opportunities to experience those connections

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Andrew McCormick

Andrew McCormick

Middle School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator

Andrew is a middle school teacher in Johnston, Iowa, who received his MFA in Sculpture from Ohio University. His pedagogy focuses on STEAM Education and Choice Based Education, technology integration in the art room, Standards Based Grading, and Project Based Learning.


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