Finding a Balance

Elizabeth (Betsy) Snow

Fontichiaro, K. (2016). Inventing products with design thinking: Balancing structure with open-ended thinking. (LIBRARY MAKERSPACES). Teacher Librarian, 44(2), 53.


If you have struggled at all with maintaining a critical learning space in your library or Media Center, this article sheds perspective on how important checks and markers can add the necessary structure to tinker time.

With an actual example of student-led research on something as simple as finding the perfect bag, Fontichiaro shows how educators can add meaning to the students’ design thinking.