“Getting the Beat” – a presentation at the 2002 Systems Thinking and Dynamic Modeling Conference in Durham, New Hampshire

Oregon/Washington border from space – NASA will help you if you click the map

It took Tim about five years to find the sweet spot:  how a liberal arts major might teach system dynamics.  Eschewing technical and ominous course names (“Global Dynamics”) and embracing the spirit of both systems thinking and our local geography, Tim called the course “Northwest Rhythms” as dozens signed up for a course that asked students to engage in simulations, create and exercise computer models, read scholarly and sacred texts, study Portland area traffic, solve lunchroom messes, and consider everything in a different way.

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the Waters Foundation

“Passion and Patience” – a paper delivered at the 16th International System Dynamics Conference in Quebec City, Canada, 1998

Click the Castle Frontenac; inside is Tim’s paper

Tim’s paper details the trials, failures, victories and successes of implementing a system dynamics strand in a high school.  Some of the usual challenges of personnel, funding, resource timing for teachers to plan, botched lessons and like – all that worked and did not work is laid bare.

Funded in part by the National Science Foundation

“What You Get is What You See”: a presentation at the Sustainability Education Summer Institute, July 28, 2009

Click on Tim to upload his presentation

Tim’s keynote at the Summer Institute was a set for a summer institute of nearly 200 sustainability educators learning about systems thinking and system dynamics.  The slide show focuses on how our cultural training, in great measure, determines how we see and, consequently, what we see.  You will find side-by-side slides on key differences between linearity and circularity.

Sponsored by the Environmental Education Association of Washington, Western Washington University, and Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction

Writing and Modeling: Using a Notebook to Learn about System Dynamics

If you click me, I’ll take you to the paper.

This monograph contains lessons, specific classroom helps, pedagogy and assessments for teachers struggling to include a systems component in their work.  Teachers will find the necessary guidelines for using a systems notebook as well as a long list of writing and mapping exercises that integrates the writing process with system dynamics instruction. These guidelines and exercises are especially helpful for middle and high school students who are building some early confidence in basic stock and flow mapping as well as those students ready for model building and testing.

Funding through The Gordon Brown Fund and published by The Creative Learning Exchange


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