Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Introduction to Change Over Time - Section 2: Engage

 

This introductory game was a great entry point into teaching about systems. Although simple, the were into the physicality of it and were able to draw out the concepts. In her book, The Systems Thinking Playbook: Exercises to Stretch and Build Learning and Systems Thinking Capabilities,  Linda Booth Sweeney has the following to say about using games to to teach systems thinking:

"There exercises are meant to promote a greater awareness of these ways of thinking, seeing and interacting with the world. They are best used within an inter-related and reinforcing design which covers theory, concepts, and models, and includes a relevant and detailed debriefing of the participants’ experience."

 

Source: MEADOWS, DENNIS; LINDA BOOTH SWEENEY (2013-11-06). THE SYSTEMS THINKING PLAYBOOK: EXERCISES TO STRETCH AND BUILD LEARNING AND SYSTEMS THINKING CAPABILITIES (Kindle Locations 53-55). LINDA BOOTH SWEENEY. Kindle Edition. 

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Introduction to Change Over Time

Unit 3: Understanding Our Changing Climate: Systems Thinking & Global Warming
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Objective: SWBAT use a simple model to explain the flow of elements into and out of a system.

Big Idea: Use this fun and simple game to introduce your students to concepts of Systems Thinking.

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