Noam
Noam
Jun 28, 2018 · 3 min read

One of our fabulous Founding Supporters, ustwo, hosted our third Mentor Meetup on Tuesday evening. This post was written mostly by Niki Taigel, a bit by Steve Marshall, and a bit by me.

Areas we explored

  1. What should the Design Club values be?
  2. How might we improve our first draft mentor delivery guides?
  3. How might we find volunteers to run after school Design Clubs?
  4. How might we engage educators in the content development process?

See below for notes on where we got to.

1. What should the Design Club values be?

What we did

We individually noted down what we thought Design Club’s values should be. After some organising and reflecting, here are the values we’ve created:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Empathy
  4. Making
  5. Play

For more detail on how we got to our values, read Steve’s post: Collaboratively defining values at Design Club.


2. How might we improve our first draft mentor delivery guides?

Insights

  • Guides are clear and complete, with most people navigating them well. Some wanted to see example activities linked to the aims.
  • For mentors starting to run their own clubs, this level of detail is potentially reassuring.
  • For some mentors, especially if they’ve not mentored before and don’t have context, this level of detail feels a bit too much.
  • Some liked the idea of a collaborative ‘Wiki’ style system.
  • Some liked the idea of adding their own “notes” or similar, similar to “speaker notes” in presentations.
  • Most wouldn’t use if sitting mentoring one to one. May look at while if floating, but primarily used as a tool before mentoring
  • People commented that mentors liked to feel as if they were progressing, and useful to have tools to help with that journey.
  • Some mentor wanted guidance on behaviour management, as well as how to guide children through activities.

Ideas for improvements

  • Navigation could be improved through arrows in between boxes and the line weight of the borders to prioritise sections of text to read first.
  • Possibly having a simpler version for using (a) during the session and (b) for new mentors. This delivery guide seems most appropriate once you’ve done some mentoring to improve your practice.
  • Rough time guides for each activity might be useful.
  • Turning guides into cards, either wire bound as a little A6 booklet, or corner punched and held together with a small metal key ring.
  • Consider a ‘cheat sheet’ with ideas showing how to explain key terms

3. How might we find volunteers to run after school Design Clubs?

General

  • We generally agreed this was a marketing challenge
  • Ask Founding Supporters to promote the after school club pilot internally and on social channels
  • Go through school governors networks
  • Create a video to promote after school Design Clubs
  • Create and share a flyer that volunteers can take into their local school

4. How might we involve educators in the content development process?

General

  • People felt that it was really important to have this diversity as part of the mentor meetups.
  • Meetups may currently not be set up for teachers —we might need a space to which is less the cultural domain of ‘design agency’.

Who might be interested

  • Retired teachers, radically creative teachers, teachers for INSET days, student teachers.

How to do it

  • Have an educators evening where each mentor brings a teacher friend.
  • Consider where we communicate. Maybe Facebook.
  • Promote an educator event on Twitter. Encourage educators to get more regularly involved, contributing in small ways (think about of size of asks).
  • Pack for teachers. Email template for mentors to send to their teacher/educator friend.

If you’re interested, here are the notes and outcomes from our first two Mentor Meetups.

Design Club

Design thinking workshops for children, from after school clubs to pop-up workshops. We’re a social enterprise and not-for-profit. Join us.

Thanks to Niki Taigel

Noam

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Noam

Co-founded @mintdigital. Service design @appsforgood. Creating @designclub http://www.designclub.org.uk.

Design Club

Design thinking workshops for children, from after school clubs to pop-up workshops. We’re a social enterprise and not-for-profit. Join us.

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