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38  Chapter 2 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 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. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL