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POPULATION DYNAMICS: Connecting Past, Present, and Future
A Four-Part Curriculum by Jeff Potash & Jennifer Andersen

The four simulations of the Population Dynamics series have been designed to supplement existing high school history curricula and be largely self-directed by students outside of class time. They introduce students to systems tools (behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow maps, models/ simulations) along with primary and secondary historical resources.

This combination of tools allows students to reconstruct patterns of change in the past, based on structural relationships that persist today. Each of the four simulations examines an important period of development in American history.

Explore the series (lessons and simulations)

 

DynamiQueST: A showcase of student projects


May 29, 2015
9 am-3 pm
Salisbury Labs
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts

DynamiQueST

 

DynamiQueST is a demonstration of student projects that utilize critical thinking skills to analyze complex dynamic systems in a relaxed environment, free from “winner/loser” constraints.

Students ages 8-18 will present their work using their ability to analyze and to clearly communicate critical thinking using the tools and methods of systems thinking and system dynamics.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Register today!

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Deeper Learning and the Common Core
by Sheri Marlin, Education Director, Deeper Learning and the Common Core Project/Waters Foundation

Teachers learning together for student success with Systems Thinking: A thoughtful approach to the Common Core.

This booklet contains lesson plans in Early Reading, Middle School Math, and High School Non-fiction Texts. Sample lessons include:

Lesson 2: A House for Hermit Crab
by Eric Carle
Designed by: Cindy Hanson, Tahoma School District, Maple Valley, Washington

Lesson 3: Patterns in Algebra
Designed by April Knippen, Gridley Middle School, Tucson Unified School District, Tucson, Arizona

Lesson 6: Focus on the Pivotal Year 1964
Designed by: Brett Goble, City High School, Tucson Unified School District

Explore the booklet.

 

The Climate Leader
by Climate Interactive

The Climate Leader is a free introductory training series in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. Through a series of 11 videos and additional materials this series will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work.

Designed for people unfamiliar with systems thinking fundamentals like feedback loops, leverage points, and causal diagramming, this can be a launching point to a whole new way of looking at the world.

http://www.climateinteractive.org/the-climate-leader/ 

 

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A Systems Story

 


A short introduction to key systems thinking concepts.

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POPULATION DYNAMICS
Connecting Past, Present, and Future

A Four-Part Curriculum by Jeff Potash & Jennifer Andersen

The four simulations of the Population Dynamics series have been designed to supplement existing high school history curricula and be largely self-directed by students outside of class time. They are intended to introduce students to a variety of systems tools (behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow maps, models/ simulations) along with primary and secondary historical resources. This combination of tools offers students opportunities to reconstruct patterns of change in the past, based on structural relationships that continue to exist and influence the present and future. Each of the four simulations examines an important period of development in American history.

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More articles at the CLE by Jeff Potash

Darkow Biology Models and Simulations

In 2012 Jon Darkow received an educator’s scholarship from the Creative Learning Exchange to attend the Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference in Wellesley, MA. Since that time he has been creating system dynamic models for his AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology students to investigate biological systems. Inquiry and investigation of cause and effect relationships are central goals for science education, but designing laboratory experiences that expose students to complex biological concepts can be unattainable. To circumvent this challenge of providing students with openinquiry and rigorous content, Jon Darkow has designed many virtual laboratory simulations.

Read more in The Exchange...

 

 

Download The Exchange vol 24.1

 

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