Social and Emotional Development

Roundtable

The Brain Bracket: A New Way to Encourage Perspective-Taking and Tolerating Difference of Opinion

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 10

Gifted students are intellectually passionate about many subjects. However, this passion can often manifest in rigid adherence to their beliefs, which itself can damage interpersonal relationships and disrupt classroom lessons. This cognitive inflexibility is addressed in some academic classes but rarely in social skill development. As such, the Brain Bracket was created to fill this need. The Brain Bracket is a structured activity that can be done in any social-emotional learning (SEL) class, therapy setting, or academic class. Through engaging students to share their opinions on topics but then requiring them to experience others' opinions, students begin to understand that different perspectives are not only natural, but valuable.

Matthew J. Zakreski

School Psychologist/Counselor
The Grayson School

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