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Mr. Sherwin’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Double Peak K8 School
  • San Marcos, CA
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households

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When I began teaching, my science classroom did not explicitly teach about empathy. However, through reflection and an intrinsic desire to make my students' experience engaging, I found and implemented the Design Thinking model. The Design Thinking process begins with empathizing with the end user. The muscle model I am requesting will provide a deeper understanding of how a person's leg muscles with cerebral palsy differ from that of their own, as well as offer powerful insight into how to better design tools for the end user by diving deep into how it would feel emotionally, physically, and mentally to live in our community with cerebral palsy. Students will research cerebral palsy and design and build a foot orthotic, a toy, and other tools to increase the quality of life for people with CP. I believe tolerance is fueled by understanding and thus, through this project, I will enjoy observing my students' shift in perception of people with cerebral palsy.

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When I began teaching, my science classroom did not explicitly teach about empathy. However, through reflection and an intrinsic desire to make my students' experience engaging, I found and implemented the Design Thinking model. The Design Thinking process begins with empathizing with the end user. The muscle model I am requesting will provide a deeper understanding of how a person's leg muscles with cerebral palsy differ from that of their own, as well as offer powerful insight into how to better design tools for the end user by diving deep into how it would feel emotionally, physically, and mentally to live in our community with cerebral palsy. Students will research cerebral palsy and design and build a foot orthotic, a toy, and other tools to increase the quality of life for people with CP. I believe tolerance is fueled by understanding and thus, through this project, I will enjoy observing my students' shift in perception of people with cerebral palsy.

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