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Web-Based Perspective Activities
You can find many activities online to practice shifting your perspective. Go
online and search for the words perspective puzzles and optical illusions, or go to
YouTube and search for optical illusions, and you’ll never run out of interesting
things to try.
Reflect on Shifting Perspectives
After using any of the resources provided here, do some reflective writing
about what you discovered. Here are some examples of teacher reflections.
At first try, most of these activities make me feel dizzy and give me a
headache. But once I work with them, I can feel my brain getting settled, and
I am able to have more control of the way I shift back and forth between
images. It’s so true that we don’t like to have our views upset. I can see why we
try so hard to stick to our own “truths” even in the face of contradictions.
—Gail, preschool teacher
These activities really made me look at what I take for granted as truth
from my own stereotypes. I realize that looking for details is very important,
and I should not just assume that I know what’s going on at first glance.
—Nicole, early childhood education (ECE) student
Sample Observation Display
Learning to see in new ways requires you to notice the details. Rather than
just reacting to what you see, choose a lens through which to study the
details. A useful lens is to imagine the possibilities of how children’s amaz-
ing, flexible brains may see the world. In the following story, teacher Dana
demonstrates how she uses her lively mind to imagine what four-month-old
Dominick may be experiencing as she offers him an invitation to notice the
magical dancing light she provides. Dana has changed how she sees the chil-
dren and her work because she practices seeing intentionally.