Systems Thinking Strategies
Systems thinking strategies fall into three general categories: visual, listening & speaking, and kinesthetic. All three categories, especially when applied together, help people practice the habits of a systems thinker, building capacity to think systemically over time.
The visual tools of systems thinking include the ladder of inference, behavior-over-time graphs, stock/flow diagrams, an iceberg visual, and causal loop diagrams. Visual tools help students and educators collect, analyze, synthesize and communicate their thoughts about systems.
Listening & Speaking Strategies
Development of a common vocabulary and the use of different communication techniques increase understanding of how systems work by increasing the ability to see a bigger picture through multiple perspectives.
These strategies engage the body along with the mind to study how and why a system functions as it does.
The Systems Thinking in Schools, WebEd site includes instruction and practice opportunities for using various strategies within educational settings.