Design Learning Activities




Activities, ThinkSheets, and Assessments



Step 1 - Explore
Learners complete the Growth and Fixed Mindset Inventory to capture current student levels of understanding and depth of knowledge of key concepts.

Students are introduced to New Concepts (empathy, disposition, dilemma, challenge, adversity, creativity, design, innovation, divergent thinking, sustainable) by way of a Chart Talk.

Students consider each quote and then votes for 3 Growth Mindset Quotes that are the most meaningful/relevant to them.



Step 2 - Describe
After students have had the chance to read reference materials and learn more about their historical person (dispositions, challenges, etc.) they describe how the person's managed their growth and fixed mindsets.



Step 3 - Explain
Learners generate many possible ideas or solutions (minimum 30) by asking “what if?” and “how might we?” questions – common ideas (convergent) as well as alternative points of view, including negative thoughts (divergent).

Teams create a DRAFT Plan of Action that includes a targeted problem statement and critical questions (student or teacher generated), and well as a summary of their brainstorming session. 

Students engage in a formative assessment to better understand their current levels of understanding and empathy toward their person's disposition and they managed their growth and fixed mindsets, as well as their team's decision-making practices and individual dispositions.



Step 4 - Demonstrate

Final Storyboard or Concept Map (description and reference links to come)

Final Prototype (description and reference link to come)

Project Score Cards (description and tool in process)



Step 5 - Evaluate
Prior gathering student engagement feedback, check in with your students' level of understanding with the POST-Assessment (scored but not graded).

After the POST-Assessment, please ask your students to complete the Engagement Feedback Form. Gathering this information will help us better understand their levels of usefulness, engagement, awareness of decisions and interactions, as well as confidence as a creative problem solver. Feel free to tally the results and scribe the comments yourself or send PDFs of the completed forms to doris@designlearning.us

Final Summative Evaluation
Conduct a final evaluation of your choice (scored and graded). Adjust evaluation questions and/or prompts as needed based on data gathered from the POST-Assessment as compared to previous formative assessments (mindset inventory, disposition management thinksheet, plan of action, etc.)