Last week we discussed beautiful work, and how to ensure our students create it.

And while it’s easy for us to strive for beautiful work, it’s just as easy to forget that this work is oftentimes the result of hours upon hours of continual feedback and reflection.

Albert Einstein once famously said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem, and 5 minutes thinking about a solution.”

How do we help students take the same methodical approach in their project work?

I spoke with Alfie Cheung (, an incredible educator and design based thinking expert about strategies he uses to create a culture of continual reflection and feedback in his classroom. Using a simple, repeatable process, Alfie has students as young as 11 designing innovative solutions to problems ranging from traffic congestion, to limited exercise activity at local parks. He teaches us as teachers how to help students shift from…

Focusing on Product – – – – – – – – – – > Focusing on Process

In our short interview, you will learn:

?? How to create a culture of continual reflection and revision

?? How to provide high-quality feedback for students using simple strategies

?? Why to never throw away ‘first drafts’

?? How to help students become as comfortable with failure as they are with success

?? The simple way to capture student’s imagination, and retain it

?? How to lighten your burden as a teacher and get the students doing the heavy lifting in projects

Watch the whole interview and get access to the 12 shifts for student- centered learning below.

12 Shifts for Student- Centered Classrooms