In this lesson, students will listen to, discuss, and understand two perspectives on a difficult situation. They will flip a coin, with each side representing one side of the story, and role-play the perspectives and reach a resolution.
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.