Creative problem-solving used to take place on the playground during recess, when worksheets temporarily disappeared and teachers stood at a distance. There, learning happened through exploration and play. But for today’s students, creative problem-solving has migrated into the classroom as well, and been rebranded as design thinking.

Once the purview of business school seminars and executive education workshops, design thinking has started appearing in the classrooms of younger and younger students. The approach, which emerged out of Stanford University’s d.school, emphasizes empathy and iterative prototyping. For teachers, it provides a way to structure the otherwise murky concept of problem-solving. And for students, it provides opportunities to tackle real-world challenges in hands-on ways. Thanks in part to free tools like consultancy Ideo’s “Design Thinking For Educators,” schools around the world are embracing the technique.

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