Liz Green wants her students to think like executives at Google, Apple and IBM. She says their way of approaching problem solving encourages divergent thinking and re-sparks the natural inclination to learn.
Green, the knowledge and learning strategist at Loreto Normanhurst, sees challenges as opportunities and aims to stay mentally flexible. Since joining the English department at Loreto in 2012, she has consistently put her hand up for new roles, like integrating technology into the classroom or teaching extension courses.
The largest challenge to date was the newly created strategist role, part of which involves running the school library, something she didn’t have experience in.
The school has championed Design Thinking, a problem-solving methodology that provides a solution-based approach to ideate, prototype, and test whether a solution is viable in a very short period of time. Used worldwide by companies such as Google, Apple, IBM, GE and Samsung, educators are increasingly appropriating the process.