Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education
Making Thinking Visible: Connection Circles
Connection Circles are thinking tools. The goal of the circle is to clarify our thinking about the underlying causes of complex issues. Connection circles help us brainstorm about what is changing and to trace webs of causal relationships within systems to understand those changes. It can be a handy graphic organizer that helps students understand the main ideas in their reading.
In Systems Thinking the connection circle has a much broader purpose in our endeavor to heighten students’ awareness of
the causes of change all around them. The purpose of a connection circle is to uncover the causal loops that could be causing the problem we have observed.
That means that there are two essential elements: a problem behavior pattern and the causal loops driving it.
Model Mysteries An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies, and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place by Anne LaVigne and Lees Stuntz
How can zombie chickens taking over the world be similar to a growing national debt or the possible
extinction of an endangered species?
How can the distribution of a new mind-control technology be similar to working toward a goal, like
improving your grades?
Learn about modeling in a fun an engaging way with a new guide from the CLE.
Thanks for making the 2016 conference a success! A few thoughts from our conference participants:
"This conference is a great way to connect with the community bringing system dynamics and systems thinking practice to schools."
"I was very impressed with the variety of points of view among participants. Their vantage points within the modeling community ranged from expert modeler to administrator to teacher to non-profit consultant, and I found that most conversations were extremely engaging and thought provoking."
To learn more about our 2016 conference and explore presentations from this event visit our Conference Homepage.
Behavior over Time Graphs
Tools of making thinking visible: Behavior over Time Graphs
An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies and Other
Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place
by Anne LaVigne and Lees Stuntz
How can zombie chickens taking over the world be similar to a growing national debt or the possible extinction of an endangered species?
How can the distribution of a new mind-control technology be similar to working toward a goal, like improving your grades?
How can vampires spreading throughout a big city be similar to the spread of a new deadly disease?
These and other explorations in the new book,Model Mysteries, are about deriving helpful answers, but the REAL point is to see how the underlying system works. As an example, if we were talking about automobiles, one set of lessons is to learn how to drive a car, but another —deeper—set of instructions is how to build and maintain an automobile. In the lessons, we look “underneath the hood” of each model.
Professor Chang Kwon Chung, who gave a special lecture on Hamlet at Samgaksan High School,
requests students to evaluate the Shakespearean play from the perspective of ‘I am Hamlet.’
“To be or not to be… I am Hamlet” by Hae-Hyun Park
Research professor Chang Kwon Chung at Interdisciplinary Program of EcoCreative, the Graduate School, Ewha Womans’ University, pioneered a Shakespeare’s Hamlet Modeling program. An educational program for reading Hamlet was introduced for the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Participants evaluate Hamlet’s feelings from the perspective of ‘I am Hamlet’, analyzing the story which dramatized Hamlet’s revenge against the uncle who poisoned his own father. Then, they must rate each scene from Act I to Act V in order to later create a ‘revenge index of Hamlet.’