switch roles with your teacherHave you ever taught your parents or other adults something?

Most likely, you’ve helped them learn how to do something on their iPhones or tablets because you find it easier to deal with the features of technology than they do.

In a University of Maine study, researchers found that when laptops were introduced into the classroom, students were “teaching technology skills to teachers and other students.”

What happens when you switch roles with another person? Unless you become prideful about how amazingly wonderful or intelligent you are and how dumb the other person is, you can develop empathy for him or her.

Empathy is defined as “the ability to see the world as another person, to share and understand another person’s feelings, needs, concerns and/or emotional state,” according to skillsyouneed.com. It doesn’t mean you like everything they do or even agree with them about issues; it simply means you understand them better.

In today’s prompt, you get to switch roles with your teacher.

Now it’s your turn: Write a journal or diary entry of a teacher who had a particularly bad day. After you have written the entry, ask yourself this question: “Did writing this change how I view my teacher?”

This fun prompt originally appeared in The Lifeguard’s Locker, the teacher’s guide for Jump In, our middle school writing curriculum published by Apologia! It is part of the intriguing prompt program titled 10-Minute Writing Plunges.

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