Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being
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The many emotional issues that effect the education and well being of our students.
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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

Early Grades (K-2)Elementary Grades (3-5)Middle Grades (6-8)High School (9-12)

 


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Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools

Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

How mindfulness training helps build a foundational social and emotional skill

I wanted to reflect  a bit on empathy and mindfulness. Humans are social beings and positive relationships are important for our happiness. Empathy is a capacity that allows us to understand the minds of others and to resonate emotionally with those states.

 

Empathy forms a cornerstone of social cooperation.

As you probably have heard, mindfulness has been linked to a range of positive effects and is being integrated into medicine,2 mental health3 and education.4 Here, I address two important questions:

 

First, what’s the relationship between mindfulness and empathy?

 

Second, can mindfulness training enhance empathy?

 

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Teaching Empathy on the Playground

Teaching Empathy on the Playground - Changemaker Education - Medium

Empathy is arguably the most important life skill our kids can learn. But with so much content to cover, it can be hard for teachers to give soft skills like empathy the class time they deserve. At John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Daly City, CA, instead of starting in the classroom, we started at recess.


Recess is where students have the most freedom to practice empathy . . . or not. As a principal, I’ve seen students fight over space on the blacktop, space in line, and even over friends..


We can’t take empathy for granted, but it can be taught.
Kids often default to aggression and territoriality, especially if they have experienced trauma. Empathy requires practice, but it can be learned!...


Kids learn empathy best from peers.
The most successful approach was having kids see empathetic behavior as the norm among respected 4th and 5th graders...

Adults need to practice empathy, too.
In our previous playground environment, playground staff had each class start recess by sitting in line and listening to rules....



By Matthew Harris, Principal, John F. Kennedy Elementary School


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This is the area where we really have our work cut for us. The competitive nature of sports as it is presented through the media makes for an ugly recess at times.

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Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Edutopia

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Edutopia | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.
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"Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves" timely article given the visit of the Pope and his message to the people. However, I must admit it is also a bit of a sales pitch...but one with good and valid point. Teachers need to teach these skills and well as content. The human skills are the ones of the most value.
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Empathic Design in the Classroom: Can We Teach Empathy?

Empathic Design in the Classroom: Can We Teach Empathy? | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Our students are often prompted in ways that guide them to empathize with both hypothetical and real “users.” HS Mathematics Teachers Duane Wacha and Amy Harbaugh’s geometry course took a look at ASIJ, as it is designed now.


Their goal was to redesign the entire campus in a way they feel more empathetically represents the student users’ needs. They created 3D models in SketchUp and used paper schematics to draft a new view of the school grounds. In the process Duane and Amy’s geometry students came to appreciate the complexity in considering the needs of all who share our campus. They also came to appreciate the value in creating for others.


Empathy was a topic of interest at the start of school In-House Teacher Conference held on August 18 and 19. Eighteen other teachers joined Duane in a collaborative session that explored empathy in the classroom—discussing strategies and skills teachers can use to support students in shifting their point of view and understanding the diverse perspectives of others.


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Design Learning based on an empathetic understandings of others and what they need.

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The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence

The Key to Effective Teams in Schools: Emotional Intelligence | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
A school team's emotional intelligence might be the most important predictor of what it will to do together, what conversations will sound like, and how members will feel about going to meetings.
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 It is all about emotional intelligence. In some ways, given the fixed mindset and anxiety issues our students have, -it is a bigger challenge. THIS is the life skill , in the long run. We all need to embrace our emotional sides and focus on  not only our own feelings, but those of others, and use that information to create a more beneficial learning environment.

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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools? I know how you feel.

With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced
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from the text:"The most powerful feature of jigsaw learning -- the very reason behind its conception -- is practiced empathy."? insightful observations that jigsaw groups facilitate cognitive empathy.

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from the text:"The most powerful feature of jigsaw learning -- the very reason behind its conception -- is practiced empathy."? insightful observations that jigsaw groups facilitate cognitive empathy.

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Empathy Can Change the World

This video was dreamed up, scripted, and acted out by some of my amazing 8th grade students from Kalispell Middle School. The vision was to create a thought provoking short film that instills a challenge to the viewer to look at their own life, their own relationships, and their own sphere of influence, and see where a little empathy could help change the world around them.


In working in a middle school for the past 5 years, I've seen the power that a single act of empathy can have on a hurting student, and hope that this message will inspire viewers, just as my own students have inspired me in creating this. Please share in our vision for a more empathetic world.


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Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later

Learning Soft Skills In Childhood Can Prevent Harder Problems Later | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
There's more to learn at school than reading and math. Teaching kids to control their emotions, solve problems and work well with others can help them succeed as teens and adults

 

"Empathy is what makes us aware of the feelings of others and when you're empathic, you're much less likely to hurt someone else's feelings," says Bernstein, who serves on the advisory board for the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and is the author of multiple books, including How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do If You Can't.
 

Being in tune with how someone else feels might also make adolescents steer clear of bullying and other "behaviors of concern," Bernstein says.

 

Empathy was not one of the skills that were directly measured 


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Teaching Peace in Elementary School

Teaching Peace in Elementary School | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Many educators believe that children need to learn emotional intelligence to reach their full academic potential.
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"“Schools are realizing that they have to help kids understand their feelings and manage them effectively.” He added, “We, as a country, want our kids to achieve more academically, but we can’t do this if our kids aren’t emotionally healthy.”

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Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills | MindShift | KQED News

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills | MindShift | KQED News | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Play is nothing if not social. Games organize play, allowing us to wrangle it and use it to experiment with the world. When we play games, more often than not,
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I am not quite sure how I feel about the concept of using online games to deal with real people situations, but if it helps students develop a sense of empathy for those they see face to face in real life, it is certainly worth an investigation.

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Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. Here are 6 tips.

Harvard psychologists have been studying what it takes to raise 'good' kids. Here are 6 tips. | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Help unlock your child's best self with a few tried-and-true strategies.
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All of these seem pretty logical, but why it isn't happening in real life is beyond me. Empathy is always timely and should always be modeled.

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Can Kindness Be Taught?

Can Kindness Be Taught? | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Recently, the non-profit daily ideas exchange known as Zocalo Public Square had an online debate about whether kindness can be taught, as part of a more general public conversation about altruism.
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Edutopia has been offering some great series of articles on a variety of topics. I find the idea of social-emotional learning to be one of their most interesting.Empathy is one of the 21st century skills that is best taught and modeled in our real world.

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