Design Thinking

Curriculum - Design Thinking
How might we push boys to new heights of thinking? Send them to the EDGE! In the EDGE Design Thinking Studio, boys use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to generate usable solutions to real problems, issues, or dilemmas.

At PDS, we have a deep desire for our boys to become capable contributors to the world’s needs. Using our customized design thinking framework, PDS boys become need-finders and collaborate together to create products, services, experiences, or systems that fit the end-user’s needs. We call our framework EDGE and use each letter to guide the design process.

Explore the Problem

Students determine a problem that needs attention. The need could be that of students at PDS or a large scale global issue.

Develop Empathy

Developing empathy is critical to understanding the human elements of a problem and a good solution. The empathy stage helps students find a connection between the need at hand and their own experiences.

Grow Your Ideas

Students use creativity, ingenuity, inference, and collaboration skills to generate ideas for solutions. Special emphasis is placed on students understanding that “wild ideas are okay” and that they are a valuable part of the idea growth phase. One wild idea could be the opening pathway to a perfect solution.

Evaluate Prototypes

Prototypes may be grand three-dimensional objects or a simple sketch, experience, or service. Regardless of the size or structure, students spend time evaluating their own work. They look critically at the prototype and ask, “Is this the best that we can do?” Reflection is a key component of the design process and a necessary step in reaching the ultimate goal of a meaningful solution.

Image is not available

1

We intentionally educate and nurture the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

2

We know, nurture, and love each boy as a unique child of God.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

3

We teach the Bible and model the Christian faith to our boys.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

4

We aren't just teachers; we are life-long learners and students.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

5

We push students to engage as thinkers.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

6

In an increasingly connected world, our curriculum has a global perspective.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

7

Flexible teaching strategies seek to maximize learning for each boy.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

8

Our assessments aren't just a way to measure learning — we want our boys to demonstrate understanding.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

9

We seek to enroll boys from diverse backgrounds.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

10

We seek balance and excellence in all we do.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

11

We aren't just boy-friendly; we're boy-specific.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

12

Our program sets a foundation of learning that will help boys thrive beyond PDS.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

13

We take time to make sure our faculty and staff are growing spiritually.

Guiding Principles

Image is not available

14

We hold high standards for ourselves, pushing ourselves to reflect, renew, and grow.

Guiding Principles

Slider
Presbyterian Day School
We know boys.

Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving 500 boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade.

With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

4025 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

901-842-4600

Contact Us


Follow Us