The educator utilizes perspective-taking exercises and projects to engage students in understanding the reasoning and rationale behind decisions, events, and surroundings of their everyday world.
According to Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), students must master perspective-taking to succeed in the 21st century. With the rise of social media and the shrinking world of communication, perspective-taking is an essential skill students need to understand the “why” and “how” of a person’s actions, reasoning, and rationale. Perspective-taking in the classroom promotes student learning, relationships, and problem-solving in a positive manner. Establishing classroom norms in relationship to perspective-taking provides students with a safe and positive learning environment.
This book outlines, through research, seven essential skills 21st-century students need to succeed. The book provides research, methods, and implementation steps that educators, parents, and stakeholders can implement.
Giving students an understanding of perspective-taking through technology integration and videotaping gives instructors a set of personalized resources they can use to teach students about perspective-taking skills.
Perspective-taking can be taught before formal education begins. Beginning to expose students to the social and emotional impact of perspective-taking sets students up to adapt to the various perspectives of the world progressing through their education.
Harvard professor Hunter Gehlbah, an educational psychologist, discusses the student learning impact of teaching social perspective-taking skills in the classroom. He approaches the situation from the perspective of teachers and students having a clear perspective on social behaviors, learning comprehension, and student impact so the students in the third or back row have a perspective of a positive classroom environment.
This PDF provides educators with a resource collection of picture books they may use in the classroom to teach and implement student exercises with perspective-taking in the classroom.
Another website with various ideas of introducing and implementing perspective-taking in the classroom. The website provides resources for educator/s of various age groups/grade levels.
This website resource lays the groundwork for educators to teach and implement perspective-taking skills in the classroom.
Educators can promote a discussion of empathy which can lead to perspective taking and comparing the two with the childhood classic video of “Sesame Street.”
This blog includes many PDFs, lesson resources, and ideas for promoting perspective-taking and social engagement skills in the classroom.
Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3, and a rating of “Applying” or better for Part 2.
Responses may include collaboration with students to complete the questions. (200-word limit each)
To earn this micro-credential, please submit at least three artifacts demonstrating student learning impact. The artifacts may include perspective taking artifacts. The artifacts may include classroom constitutions to problem-solving, student interviews, student collaboration, and projects implementing perspective taking.
Educator may complete the questions through a choice of solutions. This may include a response of no more than 400 words, a two- to three-minute video response, or a two- to three-minute interview with students about the impact of perspective-taking in the classroom. Educator may collaborate with students to complete the questions.
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