The Design Process

This week I was flipping through my sketchbook and came across where I had written about the design process of: propose, critique, iteration. While we as learners have been engaged in this process throughout the semester, I was thinking about how I could incorporate this into my curriculum design. I thought that way I could do this would be to use this process to help students create their own propaganda posters. While I may not use this language for students, I could ask students to propose an idea for their posters, then go back and critique what they have proposed in order to produce a poster that fits today’s issues. For the iteration piece I would ask students to iterate the poster in a different way, like writing, that would allow students to explain their poster and iterate what they have created. This would allow students to not only create a meaningful piece, but also reflect on the process and explain the images in their own words. Not only is the design process beneficial for students, but it also meets Mississippi ELA state standards. In the 3rd grade standards under writing a form of the design process is indicated in W.3.10: “Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.” This same standard can be found in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. This standard is the design process, it is not a set of steps, but rather a process that builds upon itself so that students are able to create or write content that is meaningful and fully developed.

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