10. Respect others' opinions

"Respect for opinions is not an easy art at all.  It requires self-esteem, self-control, sensitivity, tolerance, fairness, and generosity."  --Dr. Forni



  1. Draw an imaginary line down the center of the room. Ask some of the following questions, and ask students with similar likes group together on one side of the line and other students group together on the other.  Ask another question and "regroup."  The game continues until it is clear that although you may disagree with someone on one question, you may agree with them on another.  Some sample questions:  Do you like daises or roses?  Skis or a snowboard?  Baked or fried?  A campfire or a fireplace?  Blocks or legos?  Sandals or shoes?  Fleece or leather?  Shade or sun?  Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck?  Plain cone or waffle cone?  Bunk bed or twin bed?   (EM)
  2. Ask for two volunteers to be expert reviewers.  The two reviewers should be given one minute each to communicate why the liked or disliked a book, movie, tv show, game, etc.  Reviewers must take oposing views.  After each reviewer has given his review, have the reviewers switch sides.  They'll have one minute a piece to argue their new views.  Which view was it easier to argue?  Did switching sides help you to understand your oponent's argument? (Great Group Games)


Discussion questions:

  1. How do you disagree with someone without disrespecting their opinions?
  2. How does respecting others' opinions help us to be more civil?