Big Thinkers

Big Thinkers

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By Skyscanner

5-6 Lesson Unit

In this series of lessons, you’ll be exploring a process known as the ‘double-diamond’. It helps you back up your thinking and start from real problems, understanding the root of them, and determining the correct problem to solve. From there you’ll learn how to ideate and come up with interesting solutions, plus techniques on narrowing them down to the strongest. It’s end-to-end problem solving applicable to any area of school, work, or life, reaching far beyond just design.

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Lesson 1

Discover & Define

This lesson will be focused on finding problems to solve, and understanding their causes

Each student should work to brainstorm about problems they face day-to-day, aim to create a comprehensive list, then narrow it down to one they’d like to move forward with solving. This will cover both the discovery and definition phases of the double-diamond.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

10 min - Introduction

15 min - Group brainstorming

5 min - Select a problem

20 min - List causes of problem

 

Themes Covered

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Idea Generation

Open Discussion

 
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Lesson 2

Develop, Part 1

In this lesson we will be exploring potential solutions to their problem, using the ‘Crazy 8s’ brainstorming method.

We will go around the class and have each student read out the problem they’ve decided to solve and causes behind it. Each student then brainstorms ideas, and presents them to the class who will help them to pick their best idea by voting using sticky dots. 

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

5 min - Introduction

10 min - Students read out problems

5 min - Set up Crazy 8s

10 min - Crazy 8s

20 min - Presentations & Voting

 

Themes Covered

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Idea Generation

Open Discussion

 
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Lesson 3

Develop, Part 2

In this lesson we will be working out a flow for your solution using ‘journey mapping’.

Figure out the core moments of engagement on post-it notes. What prompted them to take action? What happened just before the core moment? What will happen just after? What happens in the long-term? Then organise these moments in a timeline, creating a storyboard.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

5 min - Introduction

10 min - Students read chosen solution

20 min - Define the journey for your solution

15 min - Crazy 8s

 

Themes Covered

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Idea Generation

Open Discussion

 
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Lesson 4-5

Deliver

In these lessons we will be visualising our solutions. Working from the storyboard you’ve created, you will create a more refined visualisation designed to help others understand the solution. You will put together a five panel presentation that covers their entire process.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

50 min - Visualising ideas and putting them intro a presentation

 

Themes Covered

Art & Design

Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Idea Generation

Creative Expression

 
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Lesson 6

Share

The grand finale! In this lesson we will share our finished presentations with the rest of the class.

 
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