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Why Study Systems Thinking?
Systems Thinking is one of the best ways to help students understand and navigate a complex world, yet it isn’t widely taught or used in schools. Willow pioneered Systems Thinking in elementary and middle school. Our students learn to analyze issues fully, recognize interdependencies between different systems, make accurate predictions, and arrive at thoughtful solutions. This way of thinking prepares them to be capable problem solvers and effective citizens who know how to create positive change in the world.
Systems Thinking in our classrooms:
- Grade 5 students study the Agricultural Revolution, analyze its impact, and propose innovative solutions that would have helped lessen the revolution’s impact on the environment.
- Grade 6 students create Systems Thinking maps during their study of the American Dust Bowl. The project deepens their understanding of the interdependent relationships among ecosystems during this period of history.
- Grade 8 students apply Systems Thinking to their analysis and understanding of slavery in Colonial America using the “Iceberg Model.”