Freshly Sharpened Pencils

Freshly-sharpened pencils. Open House. First day jitters. There is no doubt that the beginning of school brings excitement, energy, and anticipation for a new year filled with learning. We, at the Waters Foundation, want to wish everyone a very happy new year.

As the “new year” begins, we also want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the resources available on our website. If you are planning a new unit, searching for ways to increase student engagement, or trying to answer a question about systems thinking, take advantage of the resources on the Waters Foundation website. Here are some not- to- be-missed highlights from our website.

Systems Thinking in Education – WebEd Modules

The nine modules in WebEd offer learners a self-paced course in systems thinking tools and habits. Learners can work their way through all nine modules in order for a thorough introduction or can pick and choose from among the available topics. Each module is formatted in the same way for easy access to the information. Teachers often use activities from WebEd as a way of introducing a particular tool to their students.

Click on the Resources tab and you will find a searchable database that contains a variety of resources across subject areas and grade levels. You can find lesson ideas, videos, and lesson plans. Search “all habits” and “templates” and you can download a color, one-page PDF of the Habits of a Systems Thinker.

Example Webinar Recording

We are often asked for specific examples of how educators are using the tools and habits. Our library of prerecorded webinars is a great place to find these examples. You can access webinars by starting in the Events and Services tab and then clicking on webinars. Practitioners facilitate these webinars that cover a range of topics and intended audiences. A new webinar is posted every month. Register for webinars live so you can interact directly with these skilled practitioners.

At the Waters Foundation we also want to connect our followers to other websites and resources. Also in the Events and Services tab you will find a list of these connections under the website link. This list is recently updated and well worth checking out.

ST Habits App – A View of the Home Screen

We couldn’t write a resource blog and not include a reminder that our ST Habits app is now available in the iTunes and Google Play store.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of what is available. You can find articles, videos, research and upcoming professional development opportunities by exploring this site. Here is hoping you will make a visit to a “new year” resolution.

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