July 10, 2019
by Meena Srinivasan

Lesson plan

Flipped Coin

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

(5 minutes)
  • 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.
(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?"

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