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Ladder of Inference

Introduction and Practice

Presentation assembled for educational purposes by Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.


Ladder of Inference:

Three different versions for different audiences and purposes

Presentation assembled for educational purposes by Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.


Presentation assembled for educational purposes by Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.


Presentation assembled for educational purposes by Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.


Ladder of Inference Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

I do something because of my beliefs.

I develop beliefs

based on the

meaning I add.

I add my own meaning. (cultural & personal)

My beliefs affect what I choose to notice in the future.

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I notice certain information

& experiences.

Adapted from The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook .

Last modified 5/05

Information &

experiences around me

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Fun ways to introduce the Ladder of Inference Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

  • Illusions

  • Children’s Stories

  • Archaeological evidence – “Footprints”

  • Have I Ever…?

  • Mysteries – “WhoDunIt”

  • A real ladder and examples from real life

  • Other resources on WebEd

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  • Illusions Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

  • What is it?

  • What do you notice that leads you to that conclusion or belief?

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  • Children’s Stories Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

  • Identify a main character in the story.

  • What is an action that the character took?

  • Use the Ladder to explain why the character took that action.

  • Repeat the process with a different character in the same book and compare ladders.

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Archaeological Evidence Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

What Happened?

What did you notice that led you to that conclusion or belief?

http://www.agiweb.org/education/aapg/invest/invest2.html

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Have I Ever? Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

http://www.watersfoundation.org/webed/mod8/mod8-2.html

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  • WhoDunIt? Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

http://www.dothetest.co.uk/

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  • Children’s Stories Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

  • What did you notice?

  • As the “audience” of this scene, what did you think you were supposed to notice?

  • What did you miss as a result?

  • How is the ladder operating in this situation?

http://www.dothetest.co.uk/

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  • Example situations we might notice: Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

  • Johnny gets called to the office over the intercom.

  • Janey wins the spelling bee.

  • Jasper chooses to stay inside rather than go out to play baseball.

  • Jasmine grabs a pencil away from Judy.

The teacher climbs the ladder and with each step asks the next question:

What meaning might we add?

What belief might we now have?

What action might we take based on that belief?

How does it feel at the top of the ladder? How certain is the top?

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WebEd Materials Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

http://www.watersfoundation.org/webed/mod8/mod8-2.html

Presentation assembled for educational purposes by Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.


WebEd Materials Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

http://www.watersfoundation.org/webed/mod8/mod8-2.html

Presentation assembled for educational purposes by Systems Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.


Sharing, Thinking in Schools, Waters Foundation.

Questions,

Feedback,

Next Steps…

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