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  • Why Design: “They Listen and They Hear”

    (Fourth post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) A few weeks ago I wrote that I would be delving into the ways I see design as a method that honors the traditions and goals of liberal education as outlined…

  • Why Design: Design as Liberal Education

    (Third post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represents a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here.) The emergence of design thinking in the twentieth century . . . lies in a concern to connect and integrate useful knowledge from the arts and sciences alike,…

  • Why Design: From Making the Grade to Making

    (Second post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here. I work in an area of Pennsylvania with many “good” public schools.  I say “good” because there are a number of high schools in this area that sit…

  • A View from the Crossroads: Why Design?

    (First post in the “Why Design?” series. All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here. Here begins a series of posts looking at the research and rationale for the inclusion of design-based learning, the use/presence of design and maker programs in school curricula,…

  • Education and Design: A View from the Crossroads

    All of Garreth’s writing represent a view from the crossroads of education and design. See more of Garreth’s posts here. I’m nearly twenty-five years into my career as a public school teacher.  That seems to amaze a lot of people, especially when they learn that most of my career was spent in middle-school classrooms.  But…

  • Takeaways from EduCon 2.9

    EduCon is an annual conference hosted by The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia that gives educators an opportunity to connect and reflect on their practice and new ideas. At this year’s EduCon, a number of conversations revolved around school values and physical spaces. What are your school’s values? How do you define them? How do…