This is part of a series of inquiry-based provocations for essential elements of the PYP and the Learner Profile. For more, click here.
We often associate open-mindedness as being important among places of great diversity. It may be even more important in more heterogeneous locations. Rather than assuming our kids have the general idea of its meaning and importance, it should be an ongoing conversation in which kids can make connections and come to conclusions for themselves. Which, of course, is the very purpose of this week’s provocation!
Resource #1: Often Do You Challenge Your Biases? by Soul Pancake: Great way to get kids thinking about biases. Could be interesting to conduct a similar experiment via a Mystery Skype-type approach with children from other classrooms?
Resource #2: The Things Kids Carried photo essay by Isabel Fattal: I wonder what would happen if we asked kids to draw what they think backpacks in different countries look like before showing them the photo essay?
Resource #: Perspective by Lauren Pedrosa: Great conversation starter about what the word, perspective, means, and how it impacts our thinking.
Resource #4: This Is How We Do It by Matt LaMothe: What I especially loved about this book was the emphasis that no one family can be representative of an entire country–I remember being very confused by a DK version of this book when I was young. This is a wonderful tool to help us better understand how children around the world are alike and different).
- What does an open-minded mindset look like?
- How can a person’s open-mindedness change over time?
- What is our responsibility to be open-minded when we are surrounded by people who seem different? Who seem alike?
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