Playing with Systems

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Project Summary

What is systems thinking?

Illustration of 14 habits of a systems thinker

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

Practicing systems thinking habits can change the way you see the world and influence the actions or decisions you make. We created this project that leverages 1) the 14 habits of a systems thinker card set from the Waters Center for Systems Thinking and 2) the Loopy tool created by Nicky Case to help teachers and students explore some personally meaningful ways to develop systems thinking skills.

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Classroom Instruction
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Systems Thinking
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