The Lotus Diagram Ground Rules Classroom Mission created by students Statements Quality tools and PDSA used regularly Classroom Meetings facilitated by students The Continuous Improvement Classroom Student-led conferences Classroom and Student Measurable Goals Classroom Data Centers Student Data Folders Lotus Diagram Overview • A lotus diagram is an analytical, organizational tool for breaking broad topics into components, which can then be further organized, analyzed or prioritized. • It is a picture of the separate components of a topic. It provides a common understanding of the components of the topic. What is a Lotus Diagram • A visual of the components of a whole • Organizational tool for: foster thinking, analyzing, prioritizing, categorizing When? • Teams or individuals need a process for organizing and prioritizing components of a larger whole • Examine complex systems • Organize thoughts • Organize brainstorming around a theme or topic Why? • Defines the topic being studied • Fosters thinking skills • Organize ideas • Identify relationships Quality Tools Lotus Diagram Brainstorming Affinity Diagram Pareto Diagram Quality tools Nominal Group Technique Cause & Effect Fishbone Flow Chart Run Chart Student Project Example Topic: Civil War • creative thought and critical analysis as students explore new ideas. • lotus allows students to examine a variety of related areas, enriching a class’s understanding of the war in the context of its time. Some of the outcomes of the war Lotus as a Planning Tool The lotus was used to gather information for a research project. It was colored coded to differentiate between topics. Lotus in a Kindergarten Classroom Other Uses of the Lotus Diagram? Uses of the Lotus Diagram?