- Students will be able to explain their understanding of multiple perspectives.
- Students will be able to utilize "I feel..." statements.
- Bring students into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
- Ask them to come into mindful bodies and take a few deep breaths into their bellies.
- Guide them to breathe naturally. As they breathe in, tell them to say in their minds "I am..." and as they breathe out "...centered and focused."
- Give the class a few minutes to repeat this phrase as they breathe.
- Have them slowly open their eyes.
- Ask what they notice and how they feel.
- Ask, "How can mindfulness help us when we are in a difficult situation? How can mindfulness help us better understand someone else?"
- Explain that today we will be exploring perspective-taking— taking on the different perspectives of people—in a challenging situation.
- Explain to the class that they will break up into groups of four, and each group will be given a scenario to read through. Then, they will divide their group in half and flip a coin to role-play different perspectives in the scenario. The group will share their feelings in the situation using "I feel..." statements.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Ask for a student volunteer to demonstrate the role-playing activity with you.
- Read through a scenario, and flip a coin to decide what perspective you and the student will be speaking from.
- Use "I feel..." statements to express how you feel with your partner, and work through the questions on the Seeing and Understanding Through Others' Eyes worksheet to reach a resolution.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Review the instructions again, and ask if there are any questions.
- Dismiss the class back to their seats.
- Ask one student to repeat the instructions for the worksheet to the class.
- Divide up students into groups of four.
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Within each group of four, ask students to break up into pairs. Each pair will take on a different perspective. Have groups flip a coin to determine which side the pairs will take.
- Ask students to complete the Seeing and Understanding Through Others' Eyes worksheet in their groups.
Enrichment: Ask advanced students to draw a picture about perspective-taking.
Support: Pair up students who are struggling with advanced students for more support on the worksheet and perspective-taking activity.
- Observe students as they complete the worksheet and role-playing activity.
- Collect worksheets to check for comprehension of questions and the meaning of perspective-taking.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- After all students have completed their worksheets, bring them back to a circle.
- Ask students what the perspective-taking activity was like for them. Was it challenging? Easy?
- Ask, "How can mindfulness support us in conflict resolution and perspective-taking?" (Possible response: Mindfulness helps us calm down if we feel angry. It makes us pause before reacting.)
- Ask, "How does perspective-taking connect to restorative justice? Peace? How does this support community?"