Why Design?

I wrote this in 2016. Before NOVA Lab existed as a class. But the sentiments here, especially in point #2, are the ripples I was creating that grew into this wave we call NOVA Lab. So cool to be able to look back and see the way my thoughts have transformed and manifested themselves. Or to see how I set myself on this path, and the determination I had to make something happen. I know that’s not just me. We all do it, but I still think it’s cool.

Only Connect

I’ve written about this before, but the other day, as I was saying goodbye to my Design-Lab students, I was overcome with the feeling that what I was doing in that class was so right.  I mean this in a way that’s more like an old baseball glove than a mere, “good fit.”  Here I was, teaching something I’d studied on my own for over a decade but never had the chance to fully apply:  something I’d written about (see above) and presented on at conferences, but something I’d never had the chance to teach or facilitate in and of itself…something I never had the chance to dive into deeply with interested students.

And as the students left, the comfort of that situation, the way I could flex, and give and move with such a natural ease in that class…it didn’t leave.  It’s still here with me.

In 23 years of…

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Published by Garreth Heidt

Designerly Minded High School Humanities and Liberal Studies Teacher Faculty Mentor FIRST Robotics Team #7414--PV Retrobotics. Constantly learning, trying to be more a maker and less a consumer of culture. I believe in the infinite value of a liberal education and the power of design thinking to help make the world a better place.

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