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Wednesday, March 28 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Providing Students with a Passionate, Powerful, Persuasive Practice Using Systems Thinking

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The ability to persuade is a life skill for students. Whether they are trying to get the keys to the car for a night out with friends, appealing to a teacher for a recommendation for National Honor Society, convincing a coach why they should not be on the bench, or eventually pitching their best idea to a potential business investor, persuasion is a skill for which students can easily see real-life applications. Systems thinking provides students with language they can use to explain their thinking and tools to make their thinking visible. Teachers striving to help students think more deeply will find that systems thinking provides them explicit methods for teaching critical thinking and problem solving. In this session participants will engage in a series of systems thinking-based activities designed to teach techniques for argumentation. Session activities will utilize a systems thinking approach, and while engaging for adults the lessons will be immediately applicable to a classroom as well. Making a claim and providing the corresponding supportive arguments is a core academic skill that requires critical thinking, problem solving skills, and clear communication. It is a perfect practice field for exploring the use of systems thinking to develop and enrich deeper learning.

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Tracy Benson

President, Waters Foundation
The Waters Foundation is recognized worldwide for making systems thinking accessible and practical, both for children in classrooms as well as executives in boardrooms. We’ve worked across the U.S. and around the globe to develop systems thinkers who will shape our current and future... Read More →
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Brian Bindschadler

Teacher, Orange Grove Middle School
I've been teaching for over 30 years, most of it at the middle school level. I currently teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
HTE 113