Playing with Systems

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Project Summary

Practicing systems thinking habits can change the way you see the world and influence the actions or decisions you make. We created this project to help teachers and students explore some personally meaningful ways to playfully develop systems thinking skills.

What is systems thinking?

14 Habits of ST by Erin Ingram

Systems thinking is an approach to problem solving and understanding the world.

It hinges on the recognition that systems are made of interconnected components that interact in non-random ways to bring about some sort of function or purpose.

Taking a systems approach to problem solving includes the ability to...

  • Analyze problems within broader contexts
  • Consider multiple cause-and-effect relationships
  • Understand that near-term actions have long-term consequences and possible side effects
  • Conceptualize the nature of change over time

Middle School
High School
Classroom Instruction
After-School Instruction
At-Home Instruction
Systems Thinking
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
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