Exploring Multiple Perspectives

Students need to learn to understand and appreciate other perspectives in addition to developing their own
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About This Strategy

The Exploring Multiple Perspectives strategy is a resource containing the tools needed to help students build critical thinking skills through exploration and discussion. It is designed to support teachers to provide students with opportunities to develop their own perspectives as well as empathy for, and understanding and appreciation of, the perspectives of others. This strategy can be used throughout the school year as students continually explore points of view and expand their own thinking.

Implementation Steps

  1. Watch the brief Learning Visual Thinking Strategies video and read the Visual Thinking Strategies for Improved Comprehension article listed in the resources section below. Reflect on potential implications on your instructional planning.

  2. Review the 40 Intriguing Photos to Make Students Think slideshow and choose a photo for your students to analyze. Feel free to choose from other images. Consider extending the learning by implementing one of the  How to Teach With Picture Prompts lessons.   

  3. Use BetterLesson's Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) Lesson Plan Template linked in the resource section below to customize your lesson plans in a way that is responsive to the needs of your learners.

  4. Build on the perspective development and extend to debating skills by providing students with an opportunity to engage with one of the Strategic Education Research Partnership's (SERP) interdisciplinary units of study listed in the resources section below. Provide students with opportunities to further develop their perspectives by reflecting on the student opinion prompts listed in the resources section below.

  5. Debrief the lessons with your students by asking them questions such as, "What were some of your most powerful learning moments during this lesson?" and "What was most challenging about this lesson?"

Tech Tools

VersoLearning:

  • VersoLearning allows you to create interactive learning activities for your students, with resources to spark the conversation, and a unique anonymous platform for threaded organized discussions.

  • Verso supports this strategy by creating the conditions for teachers to expand the learning and discussion virtually. The anonymous format can be helpful in the sense that it can makes students feel more comfortable exchanging about challenging and controversial topics.

Padlet:

  • Padlet is a digital corkboard type tool that students can use to gather information or reflections. Teachers can easily access each students’ Padlet with a shared link.

  • Padlet supports this strategy by creating the conditions for teachers to expand the learning and discussion virtually. The anonymous format can be helpful in the sense that it can makes students feel more comfortable exchanging about challenging and controversial topics.

Related Resources

Explore the resources below to learn more about supporting students to discuss various perspectives, make informed arguments, and build their global competence. Also, consult the visual thinking strategies resource below that you can use to support students to explore multiple perspectives.

Social Justice Standards

Addressing Diversity Standards empowers educators to define diversity, explore the different ways to experience diversity and respectful ways to discuss similarities and differences. This resource provides opportunities to learn, go deeper, apply and reflect on learnings.