The next step in the process was to meet our audience to survey them on what they liked in picture books. After a nice stroll down to the local primary school, we had a fun time interviewing a range of students from Years 1 & 2 on their reading habits, what characters they liked, etc.
It was great for me to see my students working closely alongside students from our feeder primary school. In fact the majority of my students once went to this school. They also enjoyed dropping in on some of the old teachers (sorry for the disruption) but part of my reasoning for engaging with their audience was to re-establish those connections and the connection to themselves at that age, and being able to harness that for the future.
After the event, back in our own classroom we moved onto the next step in the PBL/Design Thinking Process which was INTERPRETATION.
There was much discussion about what the primary students liked (and what WE thought they’d like) and what implications this has for the end product. We gathered all the data from the surveys so that all the students could share in it and utilise it in the next phase IDEATION.
One comment that I thought was rather cute, was when my students talked about how uninhibited the kids were, the way they physically grabbed onto them and made that connection with them. It showed to me the excitement and wonder that is possible when we push the edges of education and allow deeper understanding of each other to occur.