Thursday, April 4, 2019

Multiple Perspectives

Multiple Perspectives is one of my favorite concepts from Kaplan's Depth and Complexity to do with my Kinder students. In the beginning, this is very difficult for them. The world revolves around them and they have trouble putting themselves in someone else's shoes.

But the more we do these activities regularly, the better they get at it. I see them not only being able to think more deeply but also developing empathy through these activities.

We read the poem:

Mirror by Silvia Plath

I only use the first stanza because the 2nd one gets a little kooky (it is Sylvia Plath after all). But we discuss how the mirror feels and what it sees. Then the students chose an object and wrote from its perspective. How would it feel? What would it see? What would it wish for?

I am so proud of their results! They are all creative ideas and they really showed how well they can put themselves in another's shoes.

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