Book: Design Thinking in the Classroom (Education)

Check out Design Thinking in the Classroom, a book that helps educators teach and model the design thinking process and mindsets to help learners develop into creative, future-ready problem-solvers! I believe the goal of teaching and modeling design thinking is bring student empowerment. It is a great methodology for learners to use  when solving meaningful problems and improving real world experiences in project-based learning, STEM, service education, and inquiry-based learning.

You can purchase the book at Indiebound, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.


How to Solve Problems Like a Designer (@IDEO video by @Vox)

This video describes how IDEO transitioned itself from a design company that designed tangible products to a company that designs solutions to real world experiences. They use the design thinking process to observe, ideate, prototype and test solutions to these real world experiences.

PBL Project: Mars STEM Challenges

NASA JPL Video: 7 Minutes of Terror

Intro to Project-Based Learning:

STEM Education Overview:

Special thanks to:
Elizabeth DiRenzo – STEM Specialist
Becca Goess – Design Specialist

5th Grade Team – Erin Curtiss, Stephanie Cory, Jay Keshaw, David Archer, and Megan Greene

Librarian – Megan Greene
Intro Drone Footage by Gary Johnston –

Music by Ryan Little
Intro/Outro: “Summer Dreams”
Background: “Soulful”

You can find me at:


New Classroom Tour 2017-2018

This is a tour of my classroom for the new year. Our learning spaces were moved from the 2nd floor to the 1st floor over the summer. Special thanks to my wife for recording the video!

Music by Ryan Little
Intro music: “Falling Down”
Background Music: “Bless You”

You can find me at:

Design Thinking Standards for K-12 Students

Banner 1- Design Thinking Standards

The Design Thinking Standards (DTS) provide educators a foundation of what students are expected to learn and do when using the design thinking method. These learning goals are guidelines that educators can use, adjust and modify to meet the needs of their students. The following standards were developed based on the work and teachings of the (Institute of Design at Stanford University), a leader in design thinking education, and its K12 Lab Network, a program that brings design thinking into schools.

The DTS are composed of design practices (skills that students will be able to do), core design ideas (knowledge that students will understand), and design mindsets (set of attitudes essential for effective application of design thinking).

There are two sets of DTS’s. The first set of standards incorporates the K12 Lab’s design thinking principles (or mindsets) and is recommended for educators who teach design thinking to grade K-5 students. These principles or mindsets are straightforward and easier to understand by elementary students. The second set of DTS incorporates the liberatory design process and its set of mindsets. The liberatory design mindsets are slightly more complex and would be suitable for educators who teach design thinking to grade 6-12 students.

Please visit my website to find the standards. You will also find links to the Google Doc version of these standards. design thinking standards