Turning Point School Blog
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“Learn, Practice, Share, Revise” is a core philosophy in Turning Point’s faculty Professional Development model and provides a natural connection to the Design Thinking teaching method, which includes five steps to problem solving: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test.
In the fall, middle school students used this process to create their Halloween Carnival games for the community. They ideated their games by empathizing with their audience, which consisted of students in preschool through Grade 3. Their prototypes were beta tested by Grades 4 and 5, who gave feedback for redesign in the form of comment sheets. The final designs were enjoyed by all!
The important role of community was never more evidenced than at Grandfriends’ Day when we asked our visitors to collaborate, empathize, and design with their grandchildren during classroom visits. As you can see in the video, by engaging members of our entire community in these types of activities we create opportunities for learning, spread inspiration, and provide insight into “making” and “doing” all year long!