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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#Being13: Teens and social media - CNN.com

#Being13: Teens and social media - CNN.com | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
#Being13, a groundbreaking CNN study, explores how 13 year olds use social media and why it matters so much to them.
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I don't doubt large portions of this at all. It is a dangerous time of life to have so much access and so much anxiety. That is why teaching about this as well as having parents monitor the devices more closely at this age is so important.

 

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My Interactive Image by suzanne

My Interactive Image by suzanne | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

Via Shannon Soger, Jan Stoner
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an interactive thinglink that egoes a bit deeper to help an understanding of Puentadera's  SAMR model of technology for learning.

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Shannon Soger's curator insight, February 15, 2014 11:54 AM

Thanks to Lisa Johnson, TechChef4u for sharing this SAMR Thinglink!

Jan Stoner's curator insight, September 22, 2015 11:16 AM

Good examples by level.  Love the interactivity!

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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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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.


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

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How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis

How Schools Are Handling An 'Overparenting' Crisis | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Two new books, The Gift of Failure and How To Raise An Adult, argue that too many children are being given too much.
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"We can talk about the importance of education all we want, but our kids are too smart to fall for that hypocrisy. As long as we continue to worship grades over learning, scores over intellectual bravery and testable facts over the application of knowledge, kids will never believe us when we tell them that learning is valuable in and of itself.'   -NPR  

A change needs to come along!

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A New Literacy: Making Connections in Electronic Environments - YouTube

"This introduction video is an overview of a discussion about communication through electronic media. It explores and discusses internet communication, text messaging, social networks, and other electronic media: some of their uses, some myths created around them, and some ideas about how they can be used. Some of the video is based on the works of Dr. David Crystal, professor of linguistics and author. "


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A succinct summation of the changed communication/information environment in which we live. Nicely done, although a bit Ango-centric.


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An interesting little video to spark discussion at a faculty meeting at the beginning of the year. Maybe we assauge the fears of those we are still reluctant because of their own discomfort with the medium.

 

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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, 2015 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.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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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, 2015 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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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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Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video | Edutopia

Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video | Edutopia | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Check out each of these distinctive videos that show educators, parents, and school leaders what social-emotional learning looks like in action in the classroom.
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I love that this is an article with some examples of practice in real life.

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When Homework Stresses Parents as Well as Students - The New York Times

When Homework Stresses Parents as Well as Students - The New York Times | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
When homework means arguments and leaves parents feeling helpless, it affects more than just students.
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An interesting point about the parents as well. This was a topic at our curriculum night.

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Ways to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience This Year

Ways to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience This Year | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Here's some tips for educators for managing stress and boosting their reserves of emotional energy so that they can better enjoy teaching and leading in schools.
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there are some great ideas and recommendations here for teachers to promote their own emotional well being. Great time of year to consider and start practicing.

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Study: Fidgeting Helps Students with ADHD Stay Focused

Study: Fidgeting Helps Students with ADHD Stay Focused | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
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Nancy Jones's curator insight, August 13, 2015 12:26 PM

rNo suprise here, but we need to be open to it. The standing desks could be a great option in every classroom for any learner. I have noticed them being used not only by some teachers, but also in a number of business settings as well. We have all heard the saying " thinking on your feet."  Let's embrace the fact that it works best for some. Vive le difference!

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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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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.


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

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judyhouse's curator insight, August 3, 2015 9:43 AM

Commonality is important, but drive and desire matter.

Tom Whitford's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:28 PM

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

 

1. INNOVATORS HAVE THEIR EGO IN CHECK

2. EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE ARE CONFIDENT, NOT ARROGANT

3. THEY ARE CONTINUALLY CURIOUS

4. THEY ARE GOOD LISTENERS

5. THEY DON'T LET THEIR EMOTIONS AFFECT THEIR INNOVATION EFFORTS

6. THEY CAN TAKE DIRECTION

7. THEY EMPATHIZE WITH CO-WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS

 

Learn more:


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


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


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


Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 10, 2015 8:12 PM

Very good advice for innovators and HUMANS

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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.
Nancy Jones's insight:

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

 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 28, 2015 10:08 PM

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."


Via Beth Dichter
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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, 2015 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, 2015 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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