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Thursday, October 17 • TBA
Designing Monstrosity: Utilizing Design Thinking in the English Classroom

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English courses often rely upon analytical writing assignments to engage students in deep thinking about literature, but how can we devise projects that develop imaginative problem-solving skills beyond the analysis of language? In this session, we will focus on a project in our ninth-grade English class, where students engage tenets of the Design Thinking process to respond to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With the eventual goal of creating their own monsters, students interview designers and artists within the world of monstrosity while they explore their interpretations of the text and consider the larger implications of Shelley’s work. Through exploring this project and several student exemplars, participants will consider how the Design Thinking process can shift some of the work of literature-based projects and the English classroom toward a wider scope of skill development.

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Alexa Hart

Upper School English Teacher, The Nueva School
Alexa Hart currently teaches upper school English at Nueva. Her classroom experience ranges from teaching third grade in Peru to teaching at a large, public high school in rural Vermont to working at an independent Jewish school in Vancouver, BC. Most recently, before she came to... Read More →
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Jen Neubauer

Upper School English Teacher, The Nueva School
Jen Neubauer currently teaches high school English at Nueva, and she has also taught humanities and writing in Nueva’s middle school. In her twelve years as an educator, Jen has taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City, and she has worked... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 TBA
Nueva Bay Meadows Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
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