This is interesting. We have had "wellness" days at various schools where I've worked, and students have taken turns using crutches or a wheelchair, and they have walked around blindfolded with a guide, but they were brief and very superficial. I would be interested in going more in depth with creating experiences to foster empathy. Thank you for sharing this!
I love this idea. I always have students try to read a variety of genres, but I like asking them to expand in more ways. Growing up, I didn't always love reading about people or places I couldn't relate to, but since becoming an adult and meeting more people and traveling, I enjoy it more. I would like to have students do these three challenges AND try to make connections with others around these challenges. Maybe we can meet someone who is like a character in the book who is unlike the reader; maybe we can explore a topic in more depth. :) Thank you!