Character Counts

Finding Fair Solutions

When we try to understand other perspectives we are better able to find fair solutions when we disagree.

Finding Fair Solutions
Grade Level: 6-12

 

Character Skills:
  • Respect
  • Fairness
SEL Skills
  • Social Awareness
Academic Outcomes
  • Curiosity and Passion

Definitions

Respect 
  • Follow the Golden Rule.
  • Be accepting of differences.
  • Be courteous to others.
  • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.
Fairness
  • Play by the rules.
  • Take turns and share.
  • Be open-minded. Listen to others.
  • Don’t take advantage of others.
Social-Awareness

Assess the feelings of others and be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others.

Curiosity and Passion

Enthusiastic about understanding more about themselves, others, and the world around them.  

 

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Students will review what it looks like and sounds like when we try to understand the perspective of others. They can use that perspective to find fair solutions when they disagree with others.

Instructions
  • Play this video about perspective for students.
  • Explain to students:
    • No one walks around with their story visible for all to see.  
    • Good communication skills will help us understand one another.
    • Effective communication begins by seeking to understand the other person’s perspective.  
  • Ask students what it looks like and sounds like when we seek to understand (asking questions, verifying what others have said, asking clarifying questions).
  • Explain to students:
    • When we try to understand other’s perspectives, it makes it easier for us to explain our own perspective (asking to be understood).
    • It also helps us find where we agree and then find common ground.
    • Now that we are seeking to understand and seeking to be understood, we can negotiate and work towards finding fair solutions..
    • A fair solution (or finding a “win-win”) requires us to consider:
      • what the other person wants,  
      • what I want,
      • what can we do together to get what we want?
  • Ask students to practice seeking to understand and to be understood to find a win-win in the following scenarios.
Practice Scenarios

  • Homecoming activities have been canceled after a group of students vandalized the school. The vast majority of students did not participate in the acts of vandalizing, but everyone is being punished for the actions of a few.  
  • Your parents gave you a curfew that is an hour earlier than your friends.

Student Reflection

  • Why could seeking to understand/be understood be challenging?
  • When could you practice finding a win-win solution by using these communication strategies?

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