Working to develop Systems Citizens in K-12 Education
Dollars and Sense II: Our Interest in Interest, Managing Savings, and Debt
Dollars and Sense II challenges students to use systems thinking and mathematical tools to develop a realistic and personal understanding of the dynamics of compound interest.
Eight simulations and lessons explore the complex world of savings, spending, credit cards, and compound interest. The materials include Instructor Guides and Student Worksheets.
Using Systems Tools to Improve Literacy
It's been said that once you
learn about systems thinking, you read
the newspaper differently: you identify
the behaviors that are changing,
feedback loops become more evident,
and the sources of conflicts become
By focusing on three key elements, Mairead Orpen uses system tools to improve literacy in her 5th grade classroom. This article highlights the general method and elements that she uses to reach her students at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsborough, MA.
Explore how Mairead uses a reading lesson to teach and encourage understanding in this article.
2014 System Thinking Dynamic Modeling Conference
Save the date for the 12th Biennial System Thinking Dynamic Modeling Conference! This exciting and intimate conference will once again be hosted at the Babson Conference Center at Babson College in Wellesley Massachusetts and will run from June 29th to July 1st.
Previous speakers and presenters include noted educators and system dynamisists George Richardson, Jay Forrester, Peter Senge, Dennis Meadows, Linda Booth-Sweeney, and others.
Be sure to register with the Creative Learning Exchange to stay connected and receive updates about this conference.
Characteristics of Complex Systems Project
The intuitively obvious "solutions" to social problems are apt to fall into one of several traps set by the character of complex systems.
Led by a partnership between MIT Professor Emeritus Jay W. Forrester and the Creative Learning Exchange, the goal of the project is to create online curriculum materials that will illustrate the characteristics of complex systems.
Explore the 19 online simulations that allow students to learn and understand more about "The cause of the problem is within the system".
Or learn more about the Characteristics of Complex Systems.