Lesson Plan

Flipped Coin

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.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explain their understanding of multiple perspectives.
  • Students will be able to utilize "I feel..." statements.

Introduction

(15 minutes)
Seeing and Understanding Through Others’ Eyes
  • 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.