When a Plan Comes Together

Since Phil Holcombe’s Monday discussion with our classes on the value and methods of branding, we’ve been discovering the common signals that seem to emanate from the documents we’ve explored about this class and others like it. Today we got to the point where the two classes had (as smaller groups) defined their common signalsContinue reading “When a Plan Comes Together”

I have been to the Mountain Top…

I ran across this article today and was reminded of some of the background work that went into the creation of inNOVAtion Lab.  In the summer of 2015, accompanied by my superintendent and our STEM coordinator, I visited Lehigh’s Mountain Top Program.  We were led through the space by Dr. Sarah Stanlick.  The immensity ofContinue reading “I have been to the Mountain Top…”

NOVA Lab–Procedural Info: Grading

Many of you know that I have been shifting, slowly and imperfectly, from using grades (a habit born of . . . oh . . . a lifetime of being graded, earning grades, needing the approval of others, and, of course, “giving grades.” For years I played that game, and I was (am) GOOD atContinue reading “NOVA Lab–Procedural Info: Grading”

Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus

‘Broke out the good ‘ol “Disruptus” box and moved kids through a quick cycle of combinatory innovation.  Presentations had to point to what the original objects were, then who they designed for, why they needed it, and how it worked.  Though light-hearted, the presentations were prefaced by asking students to treat themselves as professionals.  That’sContinue reading “Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus”

Design Thinking for College Admissions

I received the letter below from one of the counselors at my HS today.  As a recap, I piloted a Design Thinking and Open Source Learning class last year for 13 students.  For several reasons it didn’t fill up enough this year, but with the endorsement below, I’m hoping to be off and running likeContinue reading “Design Thinking for College Admissions”