In The Shape of Change, students engage in games and other classroom activities (teamwork, hands-on, learner-centered learning) to explore what changes over time. They draw behavior
over time graphs to examine how these things changed, and they relate the patterns of behavior to other changes in their experience.
Step-by-step, students build stock/flow maps explaining each lesson activity. These stock/flow maps are tied directly to students’ earlier behavior over time graphs and to the underlying causal
loop structures that drive the changes. In this manner, students begin to build systems thinking skills – an understanding of how structure creates the behavior we observe all around us.
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Rob Quaden and Alan Ticotsky are teachers in the Carlisle Public Schools, Carlisle Massachusetts. Quaden teachers eight grade math. Ticostsky teaches science and social studies and has
written a series of books titled Science Giants. For many years, they were also systems mentors generously supported by the Waters Foundation, affording them time to learn, collaborate,
and develop lessons infusing systems dynamics into the K-8 curriculum. Debra Lyneis was a Carlisle parent and school board member who now works at the Creative Learning Exchange helping
teachers publish systems dynamics curriculum materials.
Debra Lyneis works at the Creative Learning Exchange helping teachers publish their system dynamics curriculum materials for other teachers to use. She served on the Carlisle school board.
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