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Teacher’s Guide to Information Architecture

The Teacher’s Guide to How to Make Sense of Any Mess is a collection of modular lessons, activities, discussion prompts, and assignments ready to be integrated into your existing course materials.

This guide was designed to help teachers like you build the insights, takeaways, and tools from How to Make Sense of Any Mess, a free online beginner’s guide to information architecture, into your students’ coursework.

How to Make Sense of Any Mess Book

Teaching information architecture skills can help students learn to make things that make sense. 

Here are some of the information architecture tasks your students do all the time:

  • Attempt to make unclear things clear to an intended audience
  • Decide on labels and the contextual meaning of those labels
  • Choose and label groups
  • Create structures for content

To meet the needs of the widest variety of teachers coming from a long, diverse list of specialties, each chapter of The Teacher’s Guide to How to Make Sense of Any Mess includes self-contained lessons, activities, and assignments you can integrate into your coursework without knowledge of the rest of the book.

What’s Included

The original book’s content is included in its entirety along with new stories, frameworks, and tools building on each chapter’s core lessons, including reflection on what the author has learned in practice and teaching since the book was published.

  • Lecture Slides: Google slide deck of 80+ slides presenting key lessons for each chapter – as well as formatted instructions for suggested in-class activities and homework assignments ready to present in the classroom.
  • Community Support: Teachers Who Make Sense meet via Zoom on the first Wednesday of every month at noon ET to share our experiences and strategies teaching students to make sense.
  • Related Resources: Curated selection of free, accessible resources that students can use to dig deeper into the concepts the book introduces.

The Teacher’s Guide to How to Make Sense of Any Mess is now available via Etsy ($49.99 USD)