IDSA National Design Learning Challenge

Observations to Objects–Award Winning Design Project 8th Grade

Engaged upon with 40+ 8th graders, 10 Collaborating Professors and Industrial Design Students from Philadelphia University, and my Colleague, Mrs. Kathy Todd at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, this project took place in 2013, my last year as a middle school teacher.  In transition to my HS English position, I lost my way as a design-based educator as I struggled to grasp new “content oriented” curriculum and a HS culture that seemed poisonous to learning for one’s self.  Now that I’m on more solid footing, students in all my classes, English and Design-Lab, will engage in this kind of learning.