Thinking Routine: Step Inside
Three core questions guide students in this routine:
What can the person or thing perceive?
What might the person or thing know about or believe?
What might the person or thing care about?
Purpose: What kind of thinking does this routine encourage?
This routine helps students to explore different perspectives and viewpoints as they try to imagine things, events, characters, problems, or issues differently. In some cases this can lead to a more creative understanding of what is being studied. In other settings, exploring different viewpoints can open up possibilities for further creative exploration.
Application: When and where can it be used?
This routine asks students to step inside the role of a character or object—from a picture they are looking at, a story ( including Scripture stories) , an element in a work of art, an event being discussed, and so on—and to imagine themselves inside that point of view. Students are asked to then speak or write from that chosen point of view. As well as using this routines to explore Scripture, it can be used to look at events from a social justice perspective (e.g. from the point of view of the ocean as sea temperatures are rising).
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