10 Laws of Design Education (or, Design Educator Etiquette)(or, rules I like to live by)

August 13, 2008 at 2:56 am 1 comment

1. Embrace new technology even if it feels uncomfortable, frightening, and/or stupefying.

2. Teach what you want to learn, not just what you already know.

3. Never play it safe. Experiment and plead forgiveness later. Revise as needed.

4. Fail often. Embrace failure as much as success.

5. Listen. Listen. Listen. Think. Then comment.

6. Never take anything personally.

7. Watch movies. See plays. Listen to music. Read. Look at art. Meet that friend/colleague for lunch. (don’t check your iPhone while they’re speaking) Be awake. Be aware. Be present.

8. See #5.

9. Measure yourself by your worst students, not by your best. ( thanks, T. Russell.)

10. Admittance of ignorance is honest. Pretending is more difficult.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. stephaniegrey  |  January 31, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Heather, you make some very good points here. And as a new teacher to Interactive Design, I do feel uncomfortable, etc. and feel inspired by your honest words. It’s refreshing to see phrases like ‘teach what you want to learn.’ I feel strongly about that one myself. And if more teachers paid close attention to number 9, perhaps the ‘worst’ students would be in far better positions.

    Stephanie Grey


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