Last week, there was a HUGE debate…
white and gold or blue and black!
What side were you on? White and Gold or Blue and Black. For us, this was a fun way to explore perceptions! It was an individual difference, based on how our brains were processing visual information that caused this polarizing debate. But for us, it was a great neutral reminder that how we “view” the world is shaped by our individual differences such as biology, culture, race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc... However, since blue was so different from white, it demonstrated someone else’s “view” and how perceptions can be so different for the same item, or event. Emotion also impacts our perceptions. With all that said, does it matter if you saw white and gold or blue and black? Yes and no. It matters that you recognize your perception and that others perceive things differently. To acknowledge your view but to validate other perspectives as well. For example, working in a school, the home-school connection is very important. However, each side needs to recognize the perception of the other side. Recognizing the differences allows for growth, change and also a common ground of acceptance. It is with this understanding of multiple perspectives that opens the doors to a better and more empathic interaction. Our students teach us everyday as we get a glimpse into how they percieve the world. We meet on the common ground of validation of feelings and learn and grow from each experience. So, white and gold or blue and black are both equally important! Rachael Verdi-Berringer, Joanne Keilty & Michelle Molle- Krowiak, Student & Family Support Services, Celebrate the Children
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