Take any topic or project you have in your current curriculum and think carefully about the titles you have given them. With a generative topic title we have a great opportunity to engage our student from the first words we present to them.
If you are going to be in a position to inspire your students you need to feel inspired yourself. Most of our traditional topics can very quickly be given a new lease of life by developing a more generative topic title. We need to be able to literally propel our learners into the topic with these few words. The title is their first introduction to a design thinking project and so should immediately inspire them to be involved. It also assists the educator in planning a deep, divergent immersive period of research, observation and empathy for others might view a given topic.
Developed over time in schools this approach provides a great opportunity to position a topic in a new, very inspiring place. Discussions about what titles we could use based on existing and traditional topics normally span across subjects and unlock chances to tie other projects in. Through work with teams of teachers we have found that the short time spent on this development per topic title has been hugely valuable in seeing new potential avenues for learning within a topic. Teachers have been able to refresh existing content in short order and create an inquiry focused title that really kicks things off well. These titles require some time and effort, but have then helped teachers to better plan ahead what their design thinking work will look like, the places where it merges with other subjects and the curriculum coverage they can achieve.
Use the following questions to scrutinise your title ideas once you have a couple you like: