Our second graders this year are at lots of drastically different levels…both academically and socially. And in their English fluency! It means that 1) we’re having to differentiate lessons by classroom way more than usual and 2) we’re needing to break concepts down a bit more. This, paired with the fact that conflict is forever and always an issue, lead us to decide to do both a perspective taking lesson and an empathy lesson as part of second grade’s social skills theme. The hope is that starting with perspective taking will scaffold (or plant some seeds) before we tackle empathy, especially because we are looking for students to apply the lessons, just not learn the lingo.
We started the perspective taking lesson by showing the students the following three images and asking:
- What do you see?
- Does anyone see anything different?
- What do these pictures all have in common? They don’t have right or wrong answers, they include more than one idea, etc.
- One student tells the other student “I think you’re doing that math worksheet wrong.” They think they’re being kind and helpful, but the other student thinks they’re being mean and bossy.
students are sitting by each other in the cafeteria. One student accidentally
bumps the other and they spill some of their milk. The student who spilled their
milk says “I hate you”. The second kid’s perspective is “they bumped me on
purpose and didn’t apologize, that was so mean”; the first’s is “it was an
accident and I didn’t know they spilled their milk”.