We may be leaving out information or disregarding it because it doesn't conform with our own beliefs. Students will learn about confirmation bias, different perspectives and how to avoid confirmation bias. This lesson is part of a media unit curated at our Digital Citizenship website, "Who Am I Online?".
Perspective, or how one looks at a situation or makes an assessment, is more or less based on his, her or their experiential knowledge to date. Shared perspectives can open up possibilities and expand one's awareness and understanding. This is the essence of critical thinking! When students' perspectives are shared, and questions are allowed to challenge the biases or judgments that form their opinions, there are opportunities and possibilities to change, enhance, support the perspectives that are meaningful and positive.
Student teams act as engineers and learn about systems thinking and scale by reassembling the separated pages of the engaging picture book, “Zoom,” by Istvan Banyai. The book is a series of 31 wordless pictures that start very close-up and then zoom out—from a rooster’s comb to outer space. Like a movie camera, each subsequent page pulls back to reveal the context of the previous scene as something different than what you originally thought. When the 31 un-numbered pages are jumbled, it is a surprising challenge for teams to figure out how the pictures connect. The task prompts students to pause and look closer so as to adjust to new points of view and problem solve to find a logical sequence. It requires them to step back and take a broader view. Students learn that engineers work together as teams and look at things very closely so that they see different things and come up with more than one solution when problem solving. To conclude, students go outside and practice their skills by imagining and then drawing their own Zoom-like small booklet stories inspired by items found in nature. The classic duck/rabbit ambiguous drawing is provided as a kickoff visual aid.