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Dollars and Sense II Lesson 1
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Cross-Curricular
  "Can Compound Interest Work for Me?" is the title of this first lesson from "Dollars and Sense II: Our Interest in Interest, Managing Savings and Debt." This lesson contains 3 hands-on and progressively challenging simulations designed to let students explore and experience the system of compounding interest.

Complex Systems Connection: Short and Long Term Conflicts. Managing money, in personal finances or in running a business, often involves setting both short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes goals are in conflict between these timeframes, such as spending now versus saving/investing for future financial well-being. The lessons in Dollars and Sense II illustrate both immediate and long-term impacts, both beneficial (to savers) and harmful (to debtors) of compound interest on overall financial health.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/dollarsandsense/Dollars%20and%20Sense%20II/ds2_lesson1.asp
Demo Dozen
Author(s): Jeff Potash, & John Heinbokel Subject: Cross-Curricular
  Demo Dozen consists of a Companion and a collection of 13 STELLA models, designed to provide insight into the breadth and power of relatively simple system dynamics computer simulations to engage students and teachers in critical explorations of the systems that surround them.
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Building Systems into the History/Social Studies Curricula: Some Preliminary Thoughts
Author(s): Jeff Potash Subject: Social Studies
  Thoughts on using systems thinking and dynamic modeling to improve levels of historical literacy.
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Behind Closed Gates: Potential dynamics when one group or individual is given complete control over another
Author(s): Jen Andersen, Anne LaVigne, Jeff Potash, & Lees Stuntz Subject: Cross-Curricular
  This lesson with accompanying simulation is loosely based on an experiment that was conducted at Stanford University in 1971. Phillip Zimbardo wanted to see how typical people would act if they were asked to take on roles of prisoners and prison guards for a two-week period. The experiment was stopped after only six days because of escalating, abusive behavior of the guards and concerns about the well-being of the prisoners. In the simulation, students take on the role of a social scientist, trying to understand how a similar situation (with guards having complete control over prisoners)can create specific human responses, such as fear,repression, and resistance. They can then compare this situation to a host of other similar situations, fictional or real.
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Link to the simulation: http://www.clexchange.org/curriculum/simulations/prison_simulation.asp
Assessing Progress in Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling: Some Thoughts for Educators
Author(s): Jeff Potash, & John Heinbokel Subject: Implementation
  A discussion of the methods and building blocks which help educators achieve success in introducing and understanding system dynamics.
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