Improving research and analytical writing skills using Design Thinking.

Your Name and Title: Marina Brodsky, Secondary School Librarian, MLIS

Library, School, or Organization Name:

Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel

Co-Presenter Name(s):  Dr. Christine Wilson, HS Teacher, Michael Shappell, HS Math and Robotics Teacher, Johanna Salem, HS English.

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Israel

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Secondary school librarians and Middle and High School ELA and ELL teachers.

Short Session Description (one line):

Three WBAIS teachers in Math, English, and Library Media Studies took the design thinking process to develop units of studies where they connected subject matter to creating real-life solutions and authentic challenges to their classes. The results of the collaboration reveal that the design thinking model works not only in solving engineering problems and creating innovations but also in developing student research and writing skills in a wide range of content areas from English to Math to Robotics. The sequential design thinking steps correlate with the steps of the research process and help librarians and teachers lead students to construct inquiry in a logical way, to empathize with the topic, define and ideate it, and create a new knowledge through constructing a final project. WBAIS teachers identify how design thinking tool-belt is specific for each subject they teach and what components it includes when we talk about developing units of study using design thinking protocols. All members of this team agree that design thinking is a method to help students grow as strategic and insightful researchers and effective problem solvers in general.Collaboration on a mini-research project to model a prototype of teaching analytical research writing, applicable to Secondary School teachers and school librarians. 

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Thank you for this proposal. It sounds like a project that could be of interest to school librarians, but we don't see how it's connected to design thinking. You mention the design thinking "protocol" but give no evidence of what this is. Would you like to expand on it and have us reconsider?

Thank you! I will surely expand on the topic and provide evidence of how the presentation is connected to design thinking. Please give me a day to meet with collaborators to work on this piece. Thank you again.

Hello Steve,

We've expanded our presentation. Please let me know if we can present at the conference.

Thank you,

Marina Brodsky

Great. Sending you an acceptance email right now. Cheers, Steve

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