Designed to Learn

Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom

Non-Fiction - Education
170 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2020
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Author Biography

Inspired by the science of learning, Dr. Lindsay Portnoy draws from her work as a classroom teacher and university professor to level up learning by inviting purpose and passion to the classroom.

Portnoy lives in New York with her two sons, husband, and a rotating zoo currently consisting of three cats, two dogs, and whatever stray critters come out of the woods.

She currently serves as Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom by Lindsay Portnoy is an engaging book that speaks about experiential learning through the elements of design thinking. The book gives awareness to readers about creating learning environments that foster students' ability to design solutions for their problems. The five elements of design thinking -- understand and empathize, identify and research, communicate to ideate, prototype, and test, and iterate and reflect -- are discussed. These will help student voices to become influential, using their design thinking so that their problems can be solved and they can work together towards creating a sustainable future. Every chapter in the book speaks about the importance of ongoing feedback in making learning visible and the book's tools and techniques will help to monitor their progress in becoming successful designers and thinkers.

Designed to Learn: Using Design Thinking to Bring Purpose and Passion to the Classroom by Lindsay Portnoy is helpful in looking at the shifts that have paved the way for the changing education system. It is a good way to make educators and students work collaboratively and create a deeper inquiry for understanding. It is definitely a must-read for all tutors and educators to realize that they are now collaborators and can be innovative with their students. The tools and techniques can be understood easily and students will find these helpful when it comes to applying them in their other classes and in life outside school. The practical tips, assessments, and activities are good ways to pull in readers and help them understand how to communicate ideas, use the content to solve a problem in the community and participate accordingly using the author's ideas.