Weekly Slides

Perspective - Week 3

By Jeff Bryan


Wherever you are in your life, in your relationships. Every person you encounter, every experience…the person wants to know: Was that okay?

-Oprah Winfrey

For an in-depth overview of each weekly slide presentation, please skip below to your specific grade level.
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  • For the P2 Reflection Journals, used by all elementary students at the end of the week, click here.
  • To see the 1-page Perspective Character Card and share it with your students’ families, click here.

Starting Monday, and lasting for two weeks, Partner Schools nationwide are learning about perspective. This strength comes on the heels of open-mindedness. The back-to-back nature of these strengths is by design, as open-mindedness and perspective are closely related — and comprise the foundation of empathy.

Open-mindedness comes from challenging your preconceived notions. Perspective comes from truly listening to others when they talk and working to understand new points of view when reading books, listening to stories, or watching movies.

So what is perspective and why does it matter? Perspective is closely associated with wisdom — and distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they understand multiple points of view. They can more aptly see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity. Perspective, therefore, gives individuals the capacity to achieve clarity and the ability to see to the heart of difficult matters.

On a group level, perspective helps couples, teams, communities, and societies act wisely and correctly. Individuals with the strength of perspective help their group navigate difficult or uncertain circumstances because they’re poised and can identify opportunities for success.

 

Grade K-2 (Click here to jump to the deck)

This slide presentation follows the day-by-day model in the sequence of understand, engage, and reflect. Over the course of the entire week, students will be prompted to think about and discuss open-ended questions that are embedded into the presentations. Please see a few highlights below.

  • Day 1 will help your students understand perspective by watching a video of people seeing two different things — and duck and a rabbit — from the same image.
  • Day 3 asks your students to engage in a turn-and-talk about their perspectives on an image.
  • Day 4 is an activity in which students are able to roll play and see the situation from another perspective.
  • Week 2, Day 1 includes a video of Robert DeNiro talking about using empathy and imagination in acting.
  • Additional Resources: If you want to go deeper on this character strength, there are additional resources provided at the end of the presentation.

Grade 3-5 (Click here to jump to the deck)

This slide presentation follows the day-by-day model in the sequence of understand, engage, and reflect. Over the course of the entire week, students will be prompted to think about and discuss open-ended questions that are embedded into the presentations. Please see a few highlights below.

  • Day 1 will help your students understand perspective by defining it, providing a quote, and through a video of athletes reframing their “failures.”
  • Day 3 is an activity in which students are able to roll play and see the situation from another perspective.
  • Week 2, Day 1 includes a clip from the movie Star Wars with follow up questions.
  • Week 2, Day 4 allows students to engage with open-mindedness through reflecting on images from around the world.
  • Day 5 in both weeks is time for reflection. You can find the P2 reflection journals here and then print them for your students.
  • Additional Resources: If you want to go deeper on this character strength, there are additional resources provided at the end of the presentation.

Grade 6-8 (Click here to jump to the deck)

At the middle school level, the slides will look a bit different. Instead of a day-by-bay model, the slides follow the sequence of understand, engage, reflect — with a greater emphasis on the engage portion. The purpose of removing the day-by-day approach is to give you more freedom. Don’t let this stress you out. The key to remember is that teachers don’t need to get through all of the slides. If you want to spend two days on one slide, go for it. If your students are ready to move on, full speed ahead! It is completely up to the facilitator.

  • The understand section includes videos on Kevin Spacey discussing empathy, a student-made video on empathy, and a interview of Oprah about the best advice she’s ever received.
  • The engage section includes a perspective-taking activity, turn-and-talk, and a class discussion. Feel free to use any, or all, of these activities in your class!
  • The reflection section includes reflection on specific questions.

Enjoy the slides — and please be sure to let us know how it’s going by posting to our Google+ page and on Twitter!







Jeff Bryan
COO and co-founder of The Positivity Project

Working with educators across the country to empower their students to build an Other People Matter Mindset.