Keep Them Curious! How to Surprise Your Learners Using the Design Thinking Approach

Monday 13 May | Tuesday 14 May | Wednesday 15 May | Thursday 16 May | Friday 17 May

Wednesday 15 May

Keep Them Curious! How to Surprise Your Learners Using the Design Thinking Approach,
Ms. Jutta Sendzik, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Place: Room F307

Time: 10.30 – 12.00
Description: Curiosity is the source of learning. There’s nothing more boring then knowing what is going to happen. This also applies to language learning. Every teacher knows that you cannot always pull out all the stops in every lesson. There are also boring things that need to be taught and learned. As language teachers, we always work at the interface between content and language. We are expected to foster project-based and team-facilitated learning using appropriate language and terminology. Therefore, using design thinking as a methodology for creative problem solving, you can improve your own teaching practice, or you can teach it to your students as a framework for real-world projects. In all five phases of design thinking – empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test – a lot of communication of various kinds is needed to bring the project forward. In this workshop, we want to understand, adapt and try out techniques from design thinking such as human centered, prototyping, bias toward action, show don’t tell and radical collaboration to bring the curiosity of our students back to life and to make them leave their „comfort zones“ by providing little surprising moments in the language classroom – because a curious brain learns better. Be prepared to be creative!