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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?

Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. 

 

Homa Tavangar Author, "Growing Up Global," GlobalEd advisor


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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:46 PM

Empathy is a 21st Century skill that must be developed at home and in the class room.  "Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively."

Audrey's comment, August 26, 2013 6:13 PM
I would agree with Garth, which is why homeschooling is so important.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 26, 2013 8:53 PM
Thanks, Audrey. And I echo your homeschooling comment...I am a strong supporter of homeschooling families!
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Today’s Exhausted Superkids

Today’s Exhausted Superkids | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Overpacked days lead to restless nights, and more experts are rightly questioning the sense — and safety — of that.
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so much of this is outright frightening....especially because so much of it is TRUE!!!

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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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Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals?

Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals? | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Some schools are finding that students can help one another reach their goals by, among other things, holding accountability rituals.
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I love the idea of having peers accountable to peers I have kids complain to me about others, but I think it would be so much better to say it themselves. They are accountable to one another to achieve their goals and hold each other to it.

 

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My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Students should feel fulfilled because of what they're learning, not because of what they're earning.
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Give the students voice , choice and leeway to differentiate the way the learn and reviews.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 28, 10:02 PM

Amen...Great insights about why we should eliminate the carrot and provide " voice and choice"

 

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Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training

Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Many New York schools are incorporating mindfulness training to help students handle stress and replacing lectures on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases with sessions on life skills, such as communication and decision-making.

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I am so glad to see this focus on teaching students how to handle stress. Anxiety and all that accompanies it has been a far greater problem at my middle school. Mindfulness benefits BOTH teachers and students as a skill.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 10:25 PM

There are so many benefits to Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness activities.

 

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10 Facts That Prove Helping Others Is A Key To Achieving Happiness

10 Facts That Prove Helping Others Is A Key To Achieving Happiness | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
When you do good for others, the recipients of your kindness aren't the only ones reaping the benefits. There are a ton of perks in it for you, too.

This year's International Day of Happiness falls on March 20. To honor the cheery holiday, we've ...
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some great thoughts to share , not only for our students, but for ourselves as well.

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How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.
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"The relationship between teachers and students is at the heart of learning, and most teachers intuitively know this. Research has shown that students who experience a caring relationship with a teacher are more motivated to learn, and, hence, they enjoy school more and demonstrate greater academic success. The practice of SEL can bring this relationship to teachers’ conscious awareness, helping them to intentionally cultivate positive relationships with students. "

  a no-brainer, yet a good reminder. This article has some thorough responses and details to help illustrate their point.

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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that parents and teachers may be sending kids the wrong message.
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This is no surprise to me at all, but I am glad someone is finally putting it out there. Good read.

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Harvard Says The Best Thinkers Have These 7 'Thinking Dispositions'

Harvard Says The Best Thinkers Have These 7 'Thinking Dispositions' | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

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Tough Love: A Lifelong Gift | Empathy | Responsibility

Tough Love: A Lifelong Gift | Empathy | Responsibility | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Why are cheating, lying, and bullying so widespread? We’re either too apathetic, too lazy to call them out or look the other way. It’s time for tough love.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Empathy

 


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While I am not sure I am 100% on board with everything in here! I do. Think it is great food for thought and discussion.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 20, 2014 12:58 PM
Why are cheating, lying, and bullying so widespread? We’re either too apathetic, too lazy to call them out or look the other way. It’s time for tough love.


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Creating the Context for Growth Mindsets in the Classroom

Elizabeth Stein examines the benefits of a growth mindset, and suggests ways teachers can encourage it in students.
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Stein feels that the social emotional part of the mindset is yet another important part. 5 keys to success are mentioned as well as breathing exercises as well.

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These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties

These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Empathy makes you better at cocktail parties—and at life.
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from Atlantic.com These Four Words Will Make You Better at Parties | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 24, 2014 6:32 PM

this is a great tip and thoughtful article. it isn't about education in school, but more about education in life and skills that will last a lifetime.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Have Students Practice Presentation Skills While Teaching You About Technology

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Have Students Practice Presentation Skills While Teaching You About Technology | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
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In a word, this is GENIUS. not only to hit the ground running, but to assuage teachers that, when given a meaningful task, they can not only get onboard, but teach them so that it is a truly collaborative classroom..

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12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence - OMTimes Magazine

12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence - OMTimes Magazine | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Intellect and emotional intelligence are very different things. The former is the cognitive ability to synthesize and analyze data.
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This is an interesting interpretation of what emotional intelligence is. As a middle school teacher, I c an see the challenge lies ahead as many of the elements require a lot more understanding and selflessness, not an easy concept to develop in middle schoolers.

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7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers

7 Habits Of Innovative Thinkers | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

Emotional Intelligence plays a big role in innovative thinking. Here are traits that these people have in common.


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Emotional intelligence as an important skill to develop to encourage  new ideas.

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Traits of innovative thinkers and leaders!

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What do you think about what is discussed in this article?

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Encouraging the Einstein and Edison in Everyone

Encouraging the Einstein and Edison in Everyone | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Teach creativity by emulating great scientific thinkers: make friends with failure, generate ideas, connect the unconnected, and don't judge answers while creating them.
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I love this story about Edison and find it a great one to share at the beginning of the year. Some clever ideas for classroom activities to nurture creative thinking as well.

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My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards

My Biggest Regret as a Teacher: Extrinsic Rewards | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Students should feel fulfilled because of what they're learning, not because of what they're earning.
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Amen...Great insights about why we should eliminate the carrot and provide " voice and choice"

 

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Give the students voice , choice and leeway to differentiate the way the learn and reviews.

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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

Here's the problem with what I'm about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for decades."


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Some good reminders and a great question. Who teaches the kids how to make the optimum use of this information?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 11:25 AM

Do our learners know how to study? Perhaps a better question is do we understand the research that shows successful ways to study have been known for decades, but our current learning environment is not necessarily conducive to these learning habits. T

This post shares ten strategies for studying, as well as providing links to additional resources. It ends with a short discussion on why we may not be seeing these strategies used.
Four strategies are listed below. Click through to the post for additional information.

* Study to learn, not to "know." Knowing means we may know an answer, but not truly understand what is being discussed.

* Imagine you'll be teaching someone else. Research is showing that the expectation that you will need to teach material to others tends to use more effective learning strategies.

* Separate process from progress. Does learning end? Do we make progress but continue in the process?

* Space out your study sessions over time. Brain research shows that cramming is not effective.

There are many insights in this post that you may want to share with your students and colleagues.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 23, 1:37 PM

Who is teaching this to our students?  I think that is the question. some great tips and throughtful explanations as well.

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Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms (EdSurge News)

Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms (EdSurge News) | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
When I was a classroom teacher, the best “tech” I had access to was a shared VCR/DVD player and a cracked overhead projector. As a result, I was unable to leverage technology for better “personalization” in my classroom, and so I leveraged relationships, instead.I “personalized” by getting to know m
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I have heard of this concept before as a gauge for how students are feeling at the beginning of the day. wonderfully empathetic approach to now only get a greater understanding of the students where they are but also to build a deeper, more caring relationship.

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Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills | 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, it's us under the microscope.
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We certainly want to make sure our children develop empathy in this culture of achievement and me first. However, does this theory conversely say something about violent video games as well?
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To Teach Facts, Start with Feelings

To Teach Facts, Start with Feelings | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to engage in learning if you present the material in the context of a story conveying emotions that they can understand.
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It seems a no brainer of sorts, but it is about the connection. Stories engage as all .

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 8, 2014 7:29 PM

This makes sense on an intuitive level, as well. We experience the world and how we live in. That is not about someone else's experience and facts. It is about our encounters.

 

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Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Research shows that SEL increases prosocial classroom behavior, teaches cognitive control, changes students' home life, and prepares them for future success.
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I look forward to reading his latest work,  The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education, I think we all need to give serious thought and conversation to the value of Cognitive control as a life skill rather than merely test scores.

"But IQ does not predict who will be a star performer, nor emerge as a leader. Competence models, done by organizational human resources to identify what factors make someone a standout performer, ignore IQ and school performance -- they are irrelevant by the time you are competing with others on the job, where emotional intelligence skills like self-awareness, self-management, empathy, teamwork, and the like identify the best workers"

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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 2014 8:12 PM

Growth mindset should be a philosophy in teaching and learning. Does it replace pedagogy? I don't think so, but I think they work together. Max van Manen's work in the area of thoughtful pedagogy fits well with growth mindset.

 

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Tony Meehan's curator insight, September 20, 2014 4:57 PM

Working with learners of low SES and whose environment more often than not ensures they have a fixed mindset, it is important that we help them to redefine what success is. Too often it is fixed around being rich, having a big car, house, jewellery etc. These learners then become preoccupied with looking for the short-cut to success, to the riches they believe will make them happy. It doesn't work out like that of course. How then to help the alter their thinking? 


Dweck's work is essential in this. But as this article states it cannot be seen as "a task to complete".  It requires a shift in thinking of all in an organisation, a movement for a whole-school way of thinking, involving also parents or carers.  This article by Costa, Garmston and Zimmerman provides a solid basis for promoting growth mindsets in educators. 

Anna-Liisa Hayward's curator insight, September 25, 2014 3:08 AM

This article is not specifically related to ICT but it makes some points that all teachers need to consider: how to deal with change, how to grow as a professional, how to collaborate. 

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Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivating Young Adolescents

Educational Leadership:Motivation Matters:Motivating Young Adolescents | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.
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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.
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There are some thoughtful ideas about how to start the school year with a focus on developing "the empathy muscle". As we know, this is the 21st century skill that seems to be the most overlooked. A  helpful pdf is provide with an outline of the plan.

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