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Have you ever wondered what your favorite characters would like if they existed in the real world?  A middle school literacy coach in East Palo Alto, CA, used this question to teach her students how to infer.  Her students completed Design Challenges for the characters in the books they were reading.  This inspired the students to read more closely in order to better understand the characters.  They had to learn how to infer what the characters would like or need, based on the information provided in the text.

Before using Design Thinking the literacy coach had struggled to teach inference, but once students started designing for the characters in books they blew the inference section of standardized tests out of the water!  As a result their reading comprehension improved 2 grade levels in just 20 weeks.  To learn more about this project check out this video:


The most valuable part of working with CreatEdu was... "learning about the process and power of Design Thinking AND having the chance to practice it and apply it in our educational environment. Having [CreatEdu] available to work with small groups of teachers on specific projects was an important part of embedding the methodology."
-Middle School Principal

Design Thinking increases achievement and engagement by challenging students with real world complex problems and encouraging them to take risks. CreatEdu founder Coeylen Barry spoke about Design Thinking in schools at TEDx Denver Teachers in 2013. See the talk here.

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