“The Monk and the Fly” is a short video that I found on the Kuriositas blog. It ties in very well with the Systems Thinking unit that I am correctly doing with my 3rd grade gifted class. We have been discussing how our solutions to problems can sometimes cause other problems, and the monk’s methods for dealing with his challenges are perfect examples of this. Children can easily connect this with issues that they encounter in their own lives (often, arguments with siblings are discussed), and it’s a great time to talk about alternative solutions.
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