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The Cardboard Classroom

A Design-Thinking Guide for Elementary Teachers

By: Doug Robertson, Jennifer Borgioli Binis

How can elementary educators create a learning environment that is conducive to creativity, critical thinking, and student ownership of learning? By implementing design-minded real life examples in the classroom. All while achieving positive student learning outcomes.

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The best educators' resource for design thinking with comprehensive examples

A design-minded teacher facilitates learning that is flexible, creative, and collaborative—with a healthy mix of critical thinking, trial and error, failure, and success. In The Cardboard Classroom, authors Doug Robertson and Jennifer Borgioli Binis offer practical guidance and sample projects developed from Robertson’s authentic classroom experiences to help you find space for this engaging approach to instruction in your daily practice.

Elementary educators will:

  • Discover why design thinking is more teacher identity than instructional strategy
  • Learn how design-minded teaching advances student learning and improves engagement
  • Study real-world examples and experiences of the design process in action
  • Receive comprehensive examples of projects you can utilize and adapt to fit your classroom’s needs
  • Obtain reproducible tools and templates to enhance your understanding of the material

Related Topics

21st Century SkillsInstructionStudent Engagement


Additional Information

Product Code: BKG023, EKF585

ISBN: 9781952812552

Published By: Solution Tree

“I believe every elementary teacher who wants to create an environment where students become reflective explorers, designers, planners, and doers will enjoy the information and examples in this book.”

Tim Brown, educational author and presenter

“The most valuable thing in education is the voices of teachers working with students in a classroom, and that is exactly what this book is. The self-awareness and honesty in the words of this book are powerful.”

Natalie Vardabasso, assessment instructional design lead, Calgary Academy

“This book is a useful and engaging guide for elementary school teachers to incorporate design mindsets in their teaching. The text is full of stories, examples, reflective prompts, and exercises for specific age groups that will help all teachers master using design approaches in their classrooms.”

Lesley-Ann Noel, assistant professor, North Carolina State University

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