Why is Perspective Taking so Important?
Perspective Taking a very important skill for children to learn because they need perspective taking skills to relate to others, make others feel comfortable around them, and to influence others in a positive way.
To help children develop and improve their perspective taking skills, we need to first explain what perspective taking is, then provide many examples of situations which would require good perspective taking, in order to have a successful social experience.
In other words, define it and practice it.
Perspective Taking is understanding something from someone else’s point of view.
*Note: You do not have to agree with someone, to understand their perspective. Understanding someone’s perspective means that you can cognitively understand why they are doing, thinking or saying something; but it does not mean that you have to agree with it.
For example; if a student can take the perspective of their teacher, they may understand that she gives homework because she wants her students to practice their academic skills. This doesn’t mean the student agrees that they should be given homework.
There are many ways to practice the skill of Perspective Taking. It is, of course, a very big concept made up of many small components.
Probably the very best way to help your students practice the skill of perspective taking is by asking them questions every chance you get. During stories, small group activities, recess, games, conflicts…etc.
- Why do you think he did that?
- Why do you think she said that?
- What do you think they were feeling?
Asking thoughtful questions and helping students to make connections, is a great way to improve perspective taking.
Read more about how to explicitly teach perspective taking in this blog post.
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Thanks So Much and Happy Teaching!
Cindy ~Socially Skilled Kids