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What do you interpret?

Interpreting differences

In the last step you described what you saw. Now we want you to interpret what you see in the scene. Be sure not to evaluate yet.

Remember interpreting comes after describing. I interpret the man wearing a suit to be important or wealthy. I may then evaluate an important or rich man as a person with no time to talk to me. So I feel the glass of milk is cold. My experience may be that when milk is hot it can make me ill, so I interpret cold milk as a good thing. I evaluate this cold milk as safe to drink. So my description may be accurate. My interpretation might be correct, but my evaluation could be correct or incorrect. The cultural or diversity lens through which I make meaning influences my evaluation.

From the scene you see above and what you described in the last step, please identify one interpretation of your descriptions and share it in the comments. Please refrain from evaluating. Only interpret. Next please provide feedback to three to four others on their interpretations. Are they evaluating or interpreting?

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