Creating Connection to Enable Deep Discussion
To ready students to take the interpersonal risks of sharing diverse viewpoints, admitting the limits of their own knowledge, or expressing genuine curiosity about the experiences and perspectives of others, professors can dedicate an hour of class time to the goal of facilitating interpersonal connection among their students. This activity, based on experimental social psychological research, offers an effective approach for doing so.
Below are two versions of this activity; one for college and university students and one for high school students. They are intentionally designed to be age-appropriate, so please use the one most relevant to you.
High School Version
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