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.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Design education.

The New Graphic Design Major @ Curry College

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

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Recent Posts

Categories

August 2008
M T W T F S S
    Jan »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

%d bloggers like this: