Making Thinking Visible: Behavior-over-time Graphs
A Behavior-over-time Graph (or BOTG) is a simple line graph that shows a pattern of change over time – it shows how something increases and decreases as time passes. This foundational Systems Tool is instrumental in modeling and understanding many systems. By teaching how to create, use, and understand BOTGs, teachers can help students understand both simple and complex concepts in a more robust way
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The following five articles and curriculum provide a gateway to using this powerful tool in the classroom.
Everyday Behavior-over-time Graphs
Three Things to Remember About Behavior-over-Time Graphs
Graphing the Friendship Game: A Preliminary System Dynamics Lesson
Drawing and Reading Behavior-over-time Graphs: Four Math Lessons to Build Graphing Skills
Tuck Everlasting: System Dynamics, Literature, and Living Forever
"Any fool can know. The point is to understand."