About Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder & Jeff Bailey, co-founders of Wicked Decent Learning, a blog, podcast, Twitter feed and who-knows-what-all-else devoted to teaching and learning in Vacationland and beyond. Teachers, dads, actors, writers, geeks, buds.

Improv & the Innovative Mindset: a SXSWEdu Workshop

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I make things up. We all do. Typically, I make things up to entertain my students. I tell them stories of my four-year-old arguing immigration policy with our server at the local wings joint and of our assistant principal wrestling Continue reading Improv & the Innovative Mindset: a SXSWEdu Workshop

How Might We the Content?: Design Thinking in a High School English Classroom

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How Might We the Content?: Applying Design Thinking in a High School English Classroom Empathy-fueled, human-centered problem solving is picking up tremendous traction as of late, thanks in no small part to fantastic introductions to design thinking’s educational value from Continue reading How Might We the Content?: Design Thinking in a High School English Classroom

Design Thinking and Empathy-Fueled Problem Solving: One Place to Start

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No big secret: design thinking has forever changed teaching and learning in my classroom.  By fueling problem solving with empathy, and putting human experience at the center of intention, my project-based learning approach to English language arts found the soul Continue reading Design Thinking and Empathy-Fueled Problem Solving: One Place to Start

Shape of a Sonnet: Empathy Fueled, Maker Driven Poetry Analysis (VIDEO)

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I’m going to write up more proper context for this in the near future, but I wanted to share these Periscope videos from my AP Lit class this past week while it was still fresh.   I love my classroom Continue reading Shape of a Sonnet: Empathy Fueled, Maker Driven Poetry Analysis (VIDEO)