Lesson Plan

Curiosity vs. Judgment

Curiosity can be a powerful way to work with our judgments. In this lesson, students will explore curiosity and judgment. They'll participate in an outdoor activity to practice mindfulness of senses and attentiveness to the present moment.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to explore the difference between judgment and curiosity, and how bringing curiosity to the moment can lead to greater calm, creativity, and joy.


(10 minutes)
Growing Curiosity Through Mindfulness of Senses
  • Bring the class to an outdoor area, and have them join into a circle, seated. Bring whiteboards and whiteboard markers with you.
  • Explain that they will be exploring the difference between two ways of being: living with judgment and living with curiosity.
  • Write the word "judgment" on one board and "curiosity" on another.
  • Place the whiteboards on an easel.
  • Tell students to come up one at a time (in silence) and write words, questions, or phrases connected to each word.
  • Ask for one student volunteer to come up to read the phrases the class wrote on the boards.
  • Explain to them that we all can have judgments about other people, places, or experiences, but that these judgments are not always true.
  • Ask students to write down on a piece of paper any judgments they may have had about going outside or about being in class.
  • Invite them to read their judgments to themselves again.
  • Ask them to notice how they feel as they read these judgments.
  • Ask the class to share how it feels reading these statements.