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Habits of a Systems Thinker Cards & Posters
The Habits of a Systems Thinker encompass a spectrum of thinking strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage questioning. Though “habit” is defined as a usual way of doing things, the Habits of a Systems Thinker do not suggest that systems thinkers are limited by routine ways of thinking. Rather, the Habits encourage flexible thinking and appreciation of new, emerging insights and multiple perspectives.
There are various books available for teaching critical thinking using system dynamics. Listed below are books published and written by a variety of authors and publishers. These materials have proved to be useful teaching guides to using systems thinking with students and in the classroom.
Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems
How do we learn to live sustainably – or within the means of nature? Through this book, readers from 10 to 110 explore, through 12 timeless folktales and modern examples, how the laws that guide living systems can also guide how we live and learn. The book was designed by renowned graphic artist Milton Glaser, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, and illustrated by award-winning artist Guy Billout.
Connected Wisdom: CD
The Connected Wisdom CD (2010), a collaboration with SEED and master storyteller and singer Courtney Campbell, includes a recording of 12 folktales from the Connected Wisdom book. The CD also includes world music, new explanations related systems thinking and living systems as well as an interview with the author.
in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach
Mathematics is tough-sledding for many.
The difficulty is that most students fail
to appreciate that mathematics is "just
a language." It happens to be a very
rigorous language, one with very little ambiguity
associated with its symbols. It's also a
very abstract one. And it's primarily the
latter attribute, abstractness, which causes
many students to falter. This book focuses
on making the abstractness more concrete
with interesting and fun lessons. It uses
STELLA software's icon-based, non-abstract
language to structure problems in ways
that students can easily visualize. Students
use the software's simulation
capabilities to explore solutions to the
problems. Diana's years of teaching experience
ensure that her lessons are
for you to use in your classroom today.
Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a
This book provides
a set of tools that enables educators at the
and college levels to teach a one-semester
or one-year course in System Dynamics. Developed
for beginning modelers, the lessons contained
in this book can be used for a core curriculum
or for independent study. Course materials
meet National Science Education Standards (NSES)
and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM) standards and are out-of-the-box ready
for use in your classroom today.
Systems Thinking Playbook
Thinking Playbook enables teachers to brief,
facilitate, and debrief
30 exercises for groups of 5-500. It is accompanied
by a two-hour video on DVD
to illustrate good practice in introducing
and facilitating each of the games.
The exercises are brief, 5-20 minutes for each.
They illustrate basic concepts
of paradigms, structure, and dynamics. Each
chapter contains easy-to-follow
directions for the trainer specifying the purpose,
resources, time, space, equipment, set-up,
and ideal number of participants.
Suitable for all ages.
Thinking in Systems
Meadows’ newly released manuscript, Thinking in Systems, is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute’s Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world, showing readers how to develop the systems-thinking skills that thought leaders across the globe consider critical for 21st-century life.
a Butterfly Sneezes: A Guide for Helping Kids
Explore Interconnections in Our World Through
Kids face all
sorts of situations throughout their lives
that demand their understanding and problem-solving
skills. As parents and educators, we want to
help them understand why troubling things happen,
and then figure out what they can do about
them. One way to help our children develop
such life skills is to share ideas from the
field of systems thinking. This groundbreaking
new book can show you how! This powerful resource
will help you engage children in a fascinating
and stimulating world--in an imaginative, playful,
and memorable way.
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