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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.
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