website: In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 30 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.
Classroom activities to support Mixing It Up
- Pre-K to K: activities focused on building empathy and creating friendships
- Grades 1 to 2: activities teaching acceptance and teamwork
- Grades 3 to 5: activities addressing empathy, acceptance and cliques
- Grades 6 to 8: activities dealing with group dynamics and accepting differences
- Grades 9 to 12: activities focused on breaking down cliques and eliminating intolerance