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Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Middle School, High School
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Ambiguity
  • Embracing the Unknown
  • Emotional Intelligence
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    Education Standards

    Tolerating Ambiguity Lesson Module


    Accepting the uncertainty of life is an important skill for everyone to develop. This lesson module teaches students about ambiguity and why it is important to tolerate it. It also includes step-by-step techniques to develop and demonstrate tolerance for ambiguity in their personal lives, in school, and in the workplace. The lesson module contains a student narrative, discussion guide, individual and group activities, and a posttest with descriptive key.

    Read the student narrative.

    Instruct students to read the student narrative. In addition, use the Discussion Guide (attached) to lead a class discussion about tolerating ambiguity.

    Read the attached narrative to learn about tolerating ambiguity.

    Complete individual activity.

    Duplicate the individual activity handout.

    Take a week, a couple of days, or even just one day to work on developing your tolerance for ambiguity. Remember to use the following techniques:

    • Do a reality check.
    • Practice mindfulness.
    • Step out of your comfort zone.
    • Practice not knowing.

    After you have taken time to practice these techniques, answer the questions in the attached document. Be prepared to share your responses with the class.

    Complete group activity.

    Preparation: Duplicate the group activity handout (attached) so there is one handout per group.

    Process: Divide the class into groups of three or four students each. Distribute one handout to each group. Give students time to complete the handout in their groups. Then, when students are finished, have each group share its answers with the class. An answer guide is provided in the Resource Library.

    In a group of three or four students, read the examples in the attached document and, as a group, determine which step of demonstrating tolerance for ambiguity is being described. When you are finished, share your responses with the class.

    Test knowledge.

    Administer the posttest. When you are finished, an answer key is provided in the Resource Library.

    Take the attached posttest about tolerating ambiguity.