Category Archives: systems

Sustainable Tomorrow: A Teachers’ Guidebook for Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula

Sustainable Tomorrow: A Teachers’ Guidebook for Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula┬áis a resource for helping high school teachers to “gain competence and confidence to begin experimenting with integrating systems thinking into their instruction.”

Colleen F. Ponto and Nalani P. Linder have created a guide that contains:

  • An introduction to Systems Thinking
  • How to select learning activities that can be enhanced by Systems Thinking
  • Two different Learning Activities
  • Appendices with helpful systems and sustainability resources
I’m interested in hearing from folks. For teachers new to systems thinking, does this guide help provide an introduction? For teachers experienced with systems thinking, does this guide provide you with ideas for how to create intentional learning activities with a systems focus?

Systems Thinking in Schools: Waters Foundation

As I continue my own professional learning about Systems Thinking (see a recent systems post HERE) I have had multiple people steer me towards the Waters Foundation site. This is an excellent resource on systems that goes beyond systems as a cross-cutting science concept but extends systems thinking to how we consider classroom instruction and school reform. The mission statement of the site states:

Our mission is to increase the capacity of educators to deliver student academic and lifetime benefits through the effective application of systems thinking concepts, habits, and tools in classroom instruction and school improvement.

Useful resources on the Waters Foundation site include (free registration is required to access some of the tools):

I highly recommend taking some time to check this out and add to your “systems” bookmarks.