I thoroughly enjoyed our July book discussion regarding LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by A.J. Juliani and John Spencer.
It was an incredibly high energy, fast-paced amazing chat with global participation! You can find incredible resources on TheLaunchCycle.com
LAUNCH Discussion Questions
Here are the questions, in case you missed any of the conversation.
- What does the word "creative" mean to you?
- Thinking about the various creative approaches, which do you identify with the most? Why?
- What does "design thinking" mean to you?
- How can we encourage colleagues to embrace their creative approach?
- Please share any reflections you have so far about the LAUNCH Cycle.
- Please share any take-aways you are leaving with from our discussion.
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- What does "student centered learning" mean to you?
- How can awareness and curiosity work in tandem and spark creative problem-solving?
- "Every child is born with a natural curiosity. It is not something we have to teach, but it is something we must cultivate and nurture." (pg.94) How can we do this in our own learning environments?
- "Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask a question." (pg.99) How can we develop a culture of risk-takers and inquirers?
- "Children are already researching before they ever learn to read." (pg.110) What does "student centered research" look like?
- Please share a take-away you are leaving with from today's discussion.
Storify: Chat #2
- "Most of the time, however, when people have created things that truly matter to them, they started with a plan." (pg.131) Why is the planning phase so important?
- How do divergent thinking and innovation complement each other? (pg.138)
- "Every roadblock is a chance to solve a problem." (pg.155) How do we encourage students (and ourselves) to push through "project fatigue" and keep going?
- Boredom can be important to creative thinking. Why? (pg.167)
- "We prefer to use the word improve rather than fix, because fix implies something is broken." (pg. 176) How can word choice encourage or inhibit students' progress? Please share words/phrases you use!
- Please share take-aways from today's discussion.
Storify: Chat #3
- How can you see yourself using the LAUNCH Cycle in your daily instruction?
- What would be the benefits of using the LAUNCH Cycle in your daily instruction?
- How can we implement the LAUNCH Cycle into our own professional learning?
- What is your biggest take-away after reading and engaging in discussions about the LAUNCH Cycle?
- Please share any resources that would help with implementation.
- Final thoughts for the group?
Storify: Chat #4
Please keep sharing ideas using #LAUNCHBOOK. Have a fantastic start to the school year!