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It’s time to try and see things from a different perspective. For this you’ll need to work in pairs and children will need a chair each.

Each child sits in their chair, facing each other.

One person (person A) says, “Tell me what you see behind me,” and the other person (person B) names a few objects that they can see.

If you want to be more specific and concrete, you can say, “Name two (three, four, etc.) objects you see behind me.”

Now it is person B’s turn to ask person A to describe or name the objects that they see behind person B.

Both people will likely respond with different objects because they are each seeing the room from their own unique position in the room. They are simply sharing what they see from their point of view and perspective. For example, person A might see a poster and a window while person B might see a stack of books on a table and a bowl of fruit.

Next, both people switch chairs.

Once seated in the opposite chair, both people can begin to see the room from the other person’s perspective and position in the room. They start to see the objects that they couldn’t see previously because they now sit in a different position and have a different point of view.

Discuss:

What skills did you have to use during this challenge?

How did it feel when you swapped chairs, did you feel your perspective change?

The next time you disagree with someone or have a different opinion what could you do to try and see things from their perspective?

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