Thinking about Infections
As we deal with a world-wide epidemic of a novel virus, there are many ways to help our students cope. One of them is just talking about what is going on, how they are feeling, the practicalities of their lives in a quarantine situation, and how to think about infections from a 10,000perspective (meta-cognition.) Another is figuring out what useful enrichment activities would be helpful and fun.
This simulation, especially for younger students, is a start in meta-cognitive understanding of a large and scary topic. Sensitivity in introducing something like this is needed, but may actually give some students a way of handling their upside-down world. This short lesson is taken from the
Shape of Change
The Infection Game
on the CLE website.
We are in the process of converting some of the CLE simulations to the
, a great resource for accessible simulations. A
for COVID-19 is available on isee.
Other resources that may be of interest to your students who are on home-stays:
- Splash! - our small simulation app for hand-held devices. Fun to play with and helpful for learning to create little, simple models. A guide called SplashCards is available for purchase from the CLE website.
- Model Mysteries - An Exploration of Vampires, Zombies, and Other Fantastic Scenarios to Make the World a Better Place. Available to purchase in book format or downloadable.
- Micro-lessons - Short lessons focused on encouraging students (of all ages) to use systems thinking to solve problems.
Good luck to everyone with the information overload and the fear this situation is causing. Anything we can do to lessen the fear our students are experiencing, is so much for the better. If anyone has ideas about what would be useful from the CLE, we would love to
hear from you.