The goal of this beginning of the year activity is to pre-empt many common classroom conflicts that may occur. I have found it tremendously helpful and find myself referring back to the activity almost any time a student-teacher conflict arises over the year.
Especially helpful for teachers who may experience common behavioral concerns in their classrooms!
I set the stage by discussing how many common conflicts in class stem from either the teacher or student not understanding the other's points of view. I then explain why, for life, it is also really important to be able to put yourself in another's shoes and imagine what they are thinking and feeling at any given point.
Volunteers help act out each scenario (it is always fun for the kids) and afterwards students answer the questions. We end by debriefing each scenario and discussing our answers to the questions.